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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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What makes a tag “meta” and are such tags inappropriate?

Apparently I inadvertently irked a moderator by creating a tag. The moderator told me that my tag was "meta" and therefore not appropriate. Having been a SO user for a long time (and a lurker on ...
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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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The Effects of Removing the Homework Tag [closed]

So, we're removing the homework tag now. This is being done to cut down on the number of comments about homework tagging questions, comments about answering homework questions too completely, and the ...
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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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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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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 [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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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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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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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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Zap the [advice] “meta-tag” [closed]

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.
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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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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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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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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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sql-faq tag being propagated [closed]

I've noticed the sql-faq tag, which has this description: These should all be generic answers to common SQL questions. They can be referenced, or used as a point to merge questions that were not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 [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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Burninate [letter] [duplicate]

I recently came accross the letter tag. It has not tag wiki. Looks like a meta tag for everything that involves characters/letters 0 followers Only 104 questions. Usages include: Device letters for ...
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Should there be author-only tags? (E.g. `newbie`)

This discussion is prompted by this question: Why is the 'newbie' tag not allowed? There are two reasons for not allowing a newbie tag: It is a meta-tag. It is often used in a pejorative way. I'm ...
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Cross-visibility between SE sites; confusion of appropriate SE for a question; multi-site UI

Here are a couple of issues and a proposal how to address it: Issue 1. Some questions seem to be applicable to multiple SE sites. Sometimes users wonder: should THIS applied math question go to ...
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Meta tags on meta?

This site is full of meta tags. Now the meta tags are discouraged, how will things work here? The meta tags I am talking about are: feature-request discussion support bug status-XXXXX
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Allow for pre-emptive tagging of possible duplicate questions as possibly-a-duplicate

Much friction is caused by someone asking a question and others swarming in accusing him of asking a question which has already been asked. But why not make asking such questions a legitimate act? It ...
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A proposed solution to qualitative filtering

The set of problems: the culture around "homework" questions creates a negative user experience, yet people legitimately want them filtered experienced users can get bored with seeing too ...