Questions tagged [meta-tags]

Meta tags are tags which describe something other than the question's content--such as the author's skill level, motivation, or current take on it. Alternatively, they may be ill-defined concepts which make consistent application of the tag difficult or impossible.

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Can we now discourage the use of and burninate the homework tag? [closed]

I present to you the following indisputable (depending on your frame of reference) facts: homework is a meta-tag. It describes the status from which the question is being asked, not the content of ...
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Give mods/communities better tools for large retagging jobs

Where I'm coming from I'm a moderator on an SE with 5000+ visitors per day, a lot of drive-by askers but few regular contributors (6 editors with 5+ edits this year), and a substantial tagging mess. ...
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Is [homework] an exception to the no-meta-tag rule? [closed]

I was just thinking about how all the meta tags are removed but one big meta(ish) tag is still here: homework Is this an exception to the no-meta-tag rule or is it an oversight? Or would you even ...
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Can we have meta tags for chatrooms?

We can add tags to our chatroom which is great. What isn't great is that we have no way to indicate that we mean the tags from the meta site. I'm one of the room owners of the SO Close voters room and ...
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Should we blacklist the [inspiration], [motivation], [motivation-techniques], and [satisfaction] tags?

I hate to be uninspiring, de-motivational, and/or dissatisfying, but I suggest we blacklist the following tags: inspiration: 19 questions, 2 of which are closed motivation: 60 questions, 13 of which ...
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Should we permanently remove the [subjective] tag? [closed]

I am not sure the subjective tag deserves to exist: unlike [java] or [c#] or [ruby] it is a bit of a meta-tag, describing the tone of the question rather than the question itself. it's possible to ...
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Permission to start a series of advanced regex articles [closed]

There are many problems with what I perceive to be countless dupes of low quality questions in the [regex] tag. Rather than complaining about it, I've decided to take matters into my own hands. I'm ...
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Can we do something to help those in need of urgent help? [closed]

Via this question, I have discovered that SO has 13 questions tagged urgent-help-needed. Most of these question do not have accepted answers! That is horrific! We really should do something to ...
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Is it acceptable to add a 'search keywords' section to a question?

Today I edited out a section off a question that looked like the following: <br/> <sub>search keywords: double array, first line, second line, third line, numbers, entries</sub> ...
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Please blacklist the [help] tag [closed]

It's previously been burninated, and has been edited out of existence more than a few times by more than a few people, myself included. But it keeps coming back. While there is a case for having ...
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Why was the *pronoun* tag removed?

I recently asked a couple questions with the pronouns tag. A mega-high-rep user removed that tag. Now, the tag doesn't exist. What gives? Why was the pronouns tag deleted? Update: I don't know if ...
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Please kill some meta tags [closed]

A number of meta tags are still present on Stack Overflow. A previous thread identified some (especially Aarobot's answer). Please kill them. examples learning mistakes, common-mistakes coding-...
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Burninate the “missing” tag [closed]

missing : 200 323 questions I'd argue it's not really an informative tag.
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Blacklist the [plz-send-teh-codez] tag? [closed]

I think we should blacklist the plz-send-teh-codez (and possibly variations1 thereof). There are not currently any questions tagged as such (anymore), but at least one user (this person) has been ...
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Should the [discussion] tag be eliminated on Stack Overflow? [closed]

Is there any reason to keep the discussion tag on Stack Overflow, or should it be eliminated? The tag wiki for discussion states: A discussion might be defined as the consideration of a question in ...
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Should the [weirdness] tag be burninated? [closed]

IMHO, weirdness is in the same bucket as stuck, problem, not-working and error. Weirdness, in the context of the tagged questions, describes unexpected behaviour/output which is often down to a lack ...
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Are meta tags banned across the board on all Stack Exchange sites or can each site decide if it wants to allow meta tags?

I think it was now six years ago that Stack Exchange told us that meta tags are bad. They convinced me. Up till now we'd managed to keep them off the travel site. Though I suppose a couple of our ...
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Let's burninate/blacklist the [polls] tag [closed]

Why does Stack Overflow have a polls tag? Its description is as meta as they come. The polls tag is for questions that are asking for a list to be ranked. Stack Overflow is NOT the place for asking ...
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When tagging a question, don't suggest tags that are already added

When tagging a question and a given tag is already added, it should be removed from the suggestion list. For example, if I have added all 6 tags that are initially suggested that start with a specific ...
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Let's burninate/blacklist the [education] tag on Stack Overflow [closed]

Why do we have the education tag on Stack Overflow? Isn't this an unnecessary meta tag? Specific to instruction, learning or teaching of, or by programmers Trogdor, care to burninate this? Update (...
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Is “functional-programming” now considered a meta-tag? [closed]

I just tried to retag this question with the functional-programming tag, since it clearly relates to that. Imagine my surprise to be told that sorry, the 'functional-programming' tag is not ...
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Burninate the [self-improvement] tag? [closed]

self-improvement has 683 questions, 117 of which are closed. Examples: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/140774/ https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1551/ https://stackoverflow.com/...
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Isn't [sscce] a meta tag? [closed]

There are some questions that are being retagged with sscce because they contain a " Short, Self Contained, Correct (Compilable), Example". But I find that almost all programming questions ...
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This tag needs some [clarification]

The tag clarification seems to be useless. When looking at the questions, I see two main use cases: as a meta-tag for questions where the author wants to have something explained similar to comments ...
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Why was the interview-questions tag removed? [closed]

The interview-questions tag was "Removed as part of 'The great Stack Overflow tag/question cleanup of 2012.'" Why is this? Is there another StackExchange site for these types of questions (e.g. Code ...
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“language-learning” tag: Bad idea? [closed]

There are currently 48 questions tagged language-learning. 19 of them are closed (~40%). 11 of them are "plz-give-me-teh-resourcez/help-with-teh-resourcez". 9 of them are "I don't get this code ...
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Is the `ember-invalid` tag acceptable? [closed]

I just came across a bunch of edits tagging questions with ember-invalid. I approved them as the edits seemed to match the tag wiki: excerpt: Ember API has changed over time. This tag is for all ...
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Burnination candidates - [annoyance], [beauty], [fancy], [art]? [closed]

I would like to propose the following tags for burnination: annoyance, annoyances, web-annoyances: same arguments as weirdness, i.e. it is a result of ones expectations of how something should work. ...
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Anti tags - Valid use or not? [closed]

I just came across this [not-jquery] tag. Personally, I think this is poor use of the tagging system. The question already states that the user wants a solution that does not require jQuery. Tagging ...
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Blacklist the [learning] tag [closed]

As far as I can tell, learning is an unnecessary meta tag that deserves to be burninated, especially now that we're on a roll. Note that this tag has been burninated before and yet it still refuses to ...
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Remove 'Fun' as a tag

Please remove the fun tag on Stack Overflow. It's a meta tag and isn't really useful in categorizing questions.
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Burninate [effect] [closed]

There are 423 questions tagged effect. This seems to be a completely non-tag, that should be removed. It looks like it's being used for "How can I get this wavy effect?" type questions. I think this ...
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Burninate code-example and code-examples tag? [closed]

I just stumbled across the code-example (12 Questions) and code-examples (111 questions) tag. They seem like a meta-tags. Should they be burninated or is it useful to keep them and clean them up ...
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Should the [latest] and [recent] tags be removed [closed]

I noticed that there is a latest tag and a recent tag, I don't think that either really adds anything to the question as they can mean anything from latest file, latest date, latest version of ...
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Burninate the Meta “Improvements” tag

The Meta Stack Overflow tag improvements is in use on 45 questions. In the huge majority of them it is being used in the sense of "this is something that should be improved on Stack Exchange" (i.e. ...
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Is [language-agnostic] a meta tag? [closed]

In one way, it does describe the question. It clearly says that it doesn't matter what language you are using, my question cuts across all of them. On the other hand, though, tagging the post without ...
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Should the [crash], [crashes] tags be burninated? [closed]

IMHO, crash (2066) and crashes (65) describe symptoms of an error, and is perhaps a borderline meta tag. Similar tags: [error] and [not-working].
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What tags would be considered “meta-tags”

As per the latest blog post, what (specifically) are considered meta-tags? Jeff gave the examples best-practices, subjective, beginner, and Shog9's answer added poll and faq. What other tags (that ...
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Clean-Up the “complex” tag [closed]

complex seems to be a meta-tag. I looked through some of the questions and it only seems to be used for a (subjectively) very complex problem. 207 49 questions are tagged with it. I cleaned up this ...
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Burninate request: [group] [closed]

group is very ambiguous. It can refer to Facebook groups, group statements in SQL/LINQ/etc, a regex group, so on, so forth. I think therefore this has to be a meta tag (further proven by there being ...
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Should the [using] tag be burninated? [closed]

There are useful specific tags for using-statement and using-directives. Questions tagged simply using either should be using one of those, or else had an actual sentence typed into the tags line "...
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What is the purpose of the [active] tag? [closed]

A pretty simple discussion-style question for those that know more about the [apparently] relevant technologies than I do: what is the purpose of the active tag on Stack Overflow? Why does it exist in ...
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Any chance that meta tags will come back to Stack Overflow?

I have seen the blog post and discussion re: the Death of Meta Tags. I understand the reasoning but as a hobbyist coder, the loss of meta tags such as "beginner" has made stackoverflow ...
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What should I do with SO questions about learning or resources?

While browsing the list of ruby questions with no other tags, I came across https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6806/what-is-the-best-way-to-learn-ruby (53 upvotes, 46 favorites, 31 answers). ...
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The [nsfw] tag is pointless. Can we kill it? [closed]

We currently have a nsfw (which means "not safe for work", in case you were wondering). This contains three questions which should be closed as too localised: https://stackoverflow.com/q/4386639/...
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Is [refactor-my-code] a meta-tag? [closed]

The refactor-my-code tag currently has 149 questions, 53 of which are also tagged refactoring. It seems like it's either a meta-tag (as it describes the author's motivation) or a potential synonym to ...
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Burninate the [questionnaire] tag [closed]

On Stack Overflow, the questionnaire tag is a meta-tag and adds no useful information to the question. There are 47 questions with this tag it appears to be used for various meanings including some ...
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How appropriate are question-origin tags?

So, we now have the breaking-bad tag on Chemistry. The posts there aren't really bad ones, some, like this one, have really interesting answers. It also might be helping drive traffic to the site. I'...
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Are [telephone], [cellphone], [mobile-phones], and [phone] meta-tags for Stack Overflow? [closed]

None of these 4 tags telephone (x 45), cellphone (x 82), mobile-phones (x 341), phone (x 1041) alone can give a hint about a programming question on Stack Overflow and these tags can’t work as the ...
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Should we kill off [*-faq] tags? [closed]

For earlier discussion on this sort of thing: sql-faq tag being propagated: this (June 2012) has led to sql-faq being removed. https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/68647/setting-up-a-faq-for-the-...