Seriously, there's 403 questions tagged [advice] on Stack Overflow, 79 SU, 24 SF. It must be a contender for the most useless tag ever.


Agree. The very picture of a meta tag ..

How can you tell you’re using a meta-tag? It’s easier than you might think.

  1. If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’s probably a meta-tag. Every tag you use should be able to work, more or less, as the only tag on a question. Meta-tags, like [beginner], [subjective], and [best-practices], are useless by themselves — they tell you nothing at all about the content of the question.

  2. If the tag commonly means different things to different people, it’s probably a meta-tag. In a cruel, ironic twist, the meaning of the tag [subjective] itself … is actually subjective. Ditto for [best-practices] and [beginner]. Best practices to whom? Beginner by what criteria? These tags are impossible to define by anything remotely resembling an objective metric. In comparison, the the meaning of tags like [java], [c#], and [javascript] are crystal clear to all but the nuttiest of nutbags.

... burninating it now.

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    Bah, I got sworded :-(
    – Andy E
    Sep 16 '10 at 9:32
  • while I agree [advice] is a poor tag, why not just make it so meta-tags can only be added after one or more tags are added? that way you can have the best of both worlds. meta-tags are not useless.
    – timepilot
    Sep 17 '10 at 17:52

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