To the argument that it's important that people be able to specify that they are looking for a programmatic solution, nothing's stopping them!
Having edited all the questions in programatically-access 9 of 10 said "programmatically" in the title! The other said "in code"! The first sentence of one was:
can someone tell me how to programatically set a:...
The topic of web development is extremely broad, and since we also have the Webmasters.SE site, anything related to the general discussion of web development should be asked there instead. It seems that this tag just gets added onto questions which are about websites, when it really has no meaning whatsoever.
From the Pro Webmasters FAQ:
What kind of ...
No, that's not a reason to blacklist a tag. There is an overlap of subjects, mathematica questions are not necessarily off-topic.
Blacklisting is to be reserved for tags that have no place whatsoever on a site, but that keep coming back to life. mathematica is no such hard-to-kill zombie.
Quoting from the blacklist-request tag wiki:
Tags must be "quite ...
I think there's no getting away from the fact that in its many flavours the language is "VB" and that the vb tag is always going to be the first thing that a lot of less savvy users are going have fall out of their fingers onto the keyboard.
Despite there being a tag suggestion widget these users are going to be confused if the vb tag is banned. In this ...
Ending a tag with development is always meta on SO. Why do any of these exist? Why not drop them all (or and least the -development)?
web-development × 20214 ****deleted****
game-development × 8002 ****deleted****
mobile-development × 184 ****retagged*** mobile*****
enterprise-development × 156 ****deleted****
dnn-module-development × 102 ****retagged*** ...
We can possibly remove google from questions tagged with [google-*] (in batch, without checking each of them?).
Search (4031 questions).
I wasn't sure whether to make this an answer, comment or another question (since this question is a bit old, a comment is not particularly likely to draw attention, as far as I know).
So basically your request makes sense - that word really does not add any important information to the OP. Getting an answer should not matter whether you are new to programming or a seasoned veteran.
I want to also echo what @oded said in the comments to your post - sometimes the inclusion of the "newbie" word somewhere in the post will help you ...
It's a horrible tag teetering on the edge of being a meta tag. It can't stand alone, and it can mean something different to different people.
Ok, I don't get the meta-tag bit. Are there waiters/waitresses posting questions and using this tag?
The "different meanings" thing is clear enough though. So... What should it mean? Is there one meaning among many ...
This has been added to the blacklist, since there was an overwhelming consensus and like that crazy cat, it kept coming back.
WHY DO YOU PEOPLE HATE LIBRARIES? Don't you know those are the only places where some kids have access to books? Sheesh.
All of those tags (and also web-annoyances and annoyances) are now orphaned and will age away on their own in 24 hours.
Not sure if they've been removed and reintroduced before, though. Seems likely since they're not exactly obscure (or at least annoyance isn't), so I think blacklisting would be a good next step.
If I understand you correctly, string would need to be burninated too – it cannot stand alone on a question (on Stack Overflow), and it's a concept present in a whole bunch of languages. Same for arrays in a way. But these tags do help, in my view, to get a general idea of what questions are about.
The tag complements questions about readdir pretty ...
I don't think blacklisting a legitimate tag is a good idea. It's unfortunate that it's getting misused, but are you sure that nobody is using modalviewcontroller wrong?
Setting up a synonym from modal-view-controller to modalviewcontroller or the other way around would be a good idea, though, since both tags mean the same thing and there's no need to have ...
A quick check suggests maybe 17 extant uses across all of the network.
That's not really worth a blacklist - most of the entries will expire before they're ever hit, leaving us back in the same spot in a few months.
If it ever becomes a BIG problem anywhere, we can deal with it at that time.
Related: Why is LMDDGTFY allowed while LMGTFY is not?
I have removed the getting-started tag from all questions bar 25 which I couldn't edit as I have done too many suggest edits today, but they have to be peer reviewed as I don't have enough rep on Stack Overflow yet.
Retagging questions this way seems to be rather uncommon and quickly rolled back, so I don't think it's enough of a problem that it requires massive blacklisting of countless possible variations of the tag.
Simply rolling back such edits seems to work fine.
NO - we shouldn't blacklist the tag, because the act of purging it appears to have been effective in disincentivising it's use. I haven't spotted any new unit questions since the last of them was retagged. A blacklisting would therefore be redundant.
Let's apply the first rule of tags: would programmatically be effective as the only tag on a given question? Probably not. What are you trying to do programmatically? Which language should the program be in? We don't know.
Also, remember that Stack Overflow is a Q&A site for programming. If anything, we should be giving programmatic solutions to all ...
There's a production tag with 328 questions, I'm making this one a synonym of that so it doesn't return.
Oh, by the way, we have production, production-environment and production-code that also need examining. I love it when these little gems point down a rabbit hole :)
Hyphenation is the process of adding hyphens to printed words, using heuristics or a dictionary. So that one stays.
Checking minus, it appears to be used mainly as a reference to negative numbers. "Minus three" is colloquially equivalent to "negative three," even according to some public curricula. So that could be migrated to negative-number.
Those are ...
Seeing this tag in use really irks me. It's just one of those redundant and useless tags and nothing is really being done about them. It's meta-ish and has no business standing alone and needs to be stopped.
So starting right now, I'm going on a crusade to manually remove this tag from existence and its cousins that are tagging along. When the tag has ...
I cleaned up recommend, it was being abused by about a dozen Facebook questions, most of which were about the Open Graph API or the Like button.
I cleaned up half of computing. It turns out that someone synonimized cloud with cloud-computing, which is going to make it hurt for people that don't know to look for tag synonyms when picking tags. Sigh.
I recently raised a similar question on discussion and @casperOne promptly burninated it after re-tagging all those tagged with discussion tag. In follow up to this, another thread is already started on burninating all other similar, not-of-much-use tags in SO. You can raise your poll concern as an answer to that question and the mods will do the rest of the ...