has many, many questions, that could be closed. This tag is also EXTREMELY meta. I propose we get rid of it, quickly... And with a attitude

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  • My lord. It’s full of… – Giacomo1968 Jan 6 '16 at 2:36
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    A few are about building computer-related equipment. Not sure [computer-building] would apply to peripherals, accessories, and components, or at what point that crosses the line to off-topic. DIY repairs covers half the questions here, like [hardware] and [software], and we don't have a [take-it-to-the-shop] tag. "Who does it" is basically an off-topic tag, irrelevant to the site. – fixer1234 Jan 6 '16 at 8:14

Done. All remaining questions are closed; the others have been edited to remove that tag and fix other minor issues. (I also did my best to remove the hardware recommendation aspect when it appeared.) I certainly agree that provided no categorization value - it was used on all sorts of things, from hardware improvisation to hardware replacement to novel software setups.

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    Ben, thanks. But just FYI, while I doubt anybody would complain on this one, there's a protocol for bulk changes. Generally, you should wait for a moderator to tag it [status-planned], or at least give it a reasonable period for community comment. People do sometimes move ahead with cleanup if, after a week or so, there's extensive upvotes and no issues raised. No matter how obvious the cleanup may appear, there's always a chance that somebody will identify a legitimate twist or exceptions that other people didn't catch. – fixer1234 Jan 6 '16 at 17:51
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    @fixer1234 This is good to know, but there’s an issue… How are most casual users who are positive contributors yet not active in meta or chat to know about things like this? I posted a thread on Meta Stack Exchange that requests some page or interface option be set. Something for easy reference. That thread sunk like a brick for who knows what reason, but I think the “culture shock” between SE sites can be eased with a commonly accepted note area that can be easily be referenced. Now it feels like folks find out only when mistakes happen. – Giacomo1968 Jan 6 '16 at 23:31
  • @JakeGould: "Gotcha" is part of the initiation process. :-) Actually, this is something most people learn in this way. I agree that there ought to be a basic reference for this stuff. One idea, make it part of the tag wiki. The excerpt could advise to read the wiki for instructions, and what you need to know about the process could be explained there. – fixer1234 Jan 7 '16 at 0:43

So… I started my own cleanup on —including removing the tag from some posts—and then decided, maybe there is a valid reason needs to exist? It seems nebulous and many of the posts fall into categories of tutorials or even hardware recommendations that are off topic.

Knowing that, should the posts be flagged to be “closed” if they are off topic and the stays? Or should things be flagged to be “closed” if off topic and the should slowly disappear as well.

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    I suggest removing them completely. Almost all the troubleshooting an average user would do is do it yourself – Canadian Luke Jan 6 '16 at 4:34
  • Plus, there is no expert on "diy" specifically – Canadian Luke Jan 6 '16 at 4:34
  • @CanadianLuke Seems fair. The posts all are fairly bad. A few are decent in their own way. Was discussing this in chat so feel free to add your voice there as well. – Giacomo1968 Jan 6 '16 at 4:39

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