As noted here, 'dead' and 'code' tags (2 and 181 questions respectively) don't describe question in any way, technical or not. Shouldn't we remove them?

Moved to a separate request, as suggested by Gnoupi♦.

  • We need a tag to act as an alternative to meta-tags like 'code'. So we can proffer it as a synonym at the Info page. 'Untagged' doesn't work, I tried. 'Dead' is excellent. Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 22:32
  • Cancel that, doesn't work either. Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 22:35
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    +1 indeed worthless tag
    – orlp
    Commented Mar 14, 2011 at 16:01
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    Definitely add that tag to 98% of questions on this website - then migrate the other two to Programmers!
    – Yi Jiang
    Commented Mar 14, 2011 at 16:29
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    Duplicate request Also, very occasionally there're valid usages of this tag (even if not particularly useful). Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 1:18
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    I really want to edit this question to include the 'code' tag that's being discussed. =/ Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 2:29

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Yes, they are imo definitely superfluous.

I retagged one [dead] question to [dead-code] and deleted the tag from the other since it indeed doesn't have any value.

The [code] tag has however a few questions of which the tag actually needs to be merged with another tag, e.g. [hash]+[code] and [code]+[completion]. I have done it for a few questions.


Could there possibly be a more useless tag for a programming Q&A site?

I suggest .

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    I'd rather think the honor should go to [programming]
    – Yi Jiang
    Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 2:56
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    Or [problem], but that was already nuked :)
    – user138231
    Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 3:11
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    That was a rhetorical question :P
    – Dan Burton
    Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 4:13
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    There was a [question] tag at some point.
    – MPelletier
    Commented Apr 8, 2011 at 15:03
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    @Dan Now I find it surprising that there's no [rhetorical] tag.
    – MPelletier
    Commented Apr 8, 2011 at 15:07
  • And there's a [bugs] tag. Yeah, because all the other questions aren't about bugs, you know...
    – MPelletier
    Commented Apr 8, 2011 at 15:58
  • I'm going to go find something well suited for receiving slams from my head, preferably something that provides great audible feedback.. such as ... a wall.
    – user50049
    Commented Apr 8, 2011 at 16:11

Actually the tag is mostly worthless as well though far less popular (only 44 questions at the moment). It has questions ranging from "teh sorce codes" to QR codes and error codes. I'll go through and retag where appropriate but I wonder if it should be on the blacklist as well (there's certainly no appropriate tag synonym).


OK, I removed and -- we'll see if they need to be blacklisted or not.

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