I've seen a lot of questions tagged as here, but when I read the question it appears that they are unfixable bugs.

Some of these features have obviously not been designed, just following badly written third-party APIs or something.

I propose that a different tag such as or should be used in conjunction with the tag.

To be honest, it comes across badly to see status by design when it's obviously not by design. Won't fix though more direct feels more honest.

EDIT: What are other people's feelings about this? Could a discussion be held?

EDIT 2: To try to better explain my position. 'Won't Fix' is a standard resolution in most bug-tracking systems I use.

'By design' implies that there's no problem, move along. I'm not saying that every should be a [tag:won't-fix], but there are certainly a number of them that are recognized as minor problems. The existing tag used to close these implies that there is no problem.


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    This'll probably be closed as status-bydesign. Nov 26, 2010 at 10:04
  • Yes I'm actually aware of that. It's a bit ironic. However its actually the valid closing tag on this.
    – Wes
    Nov 26, 2010 at 11:42
  • This isn't Meta Stack Overflow for nothing ;)
    – Mike Caron
    Nov 26, 2010 at 16:30
  • @Mike Caron I don't know what you mean sorry.
    – Wes
    Nov 26, 2010 at 16:46
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    You're discussing the use of [status-bydesign] on Meta SO threads, in a Meta SO thread, expecting it to be closed with [status-bydesign]. That's pretty much the text-book definiton of meta.
    – Mike Caron
    Nov 26, 2010 at 16:56
  • I cannot see any reason why that additional information should be a tag. Nov 26, 2010 at 18:14
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    Would status-dont-give-a-crap be more descriptive? ;) Nov 26, 2010 at 19:47
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    @gnostradamus I think that that tag should be saved for use on questions pertaining to syntax highlighting of non-C derived languages. Nov 26, 2010 at 21:53
  • This is still being voted on. I thought it was resolved. Does that mean people do want to see it?
    – Wes
    Nov 28, 2010 at 15:52

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will be used in the case you describe, when we are declining to "fix" this bug.

is used when the behavior is more or less as intended, either by the world or us.

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    I don't know why I haven't seen that before. I know I've seen specific examples in the past. Declined is fine with me.
    – Wes
    Nov 27, 2010 at 14:08

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