I have recently discovered the tag. The questions in it all appear to low quality. Is it worth retiring this tag?

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    It is a meta tag and only really works when other tags describe what it is a trial for. Nuke it.
    – Mokubai Mod
    May 14, 2018 at 15:20
  • Righto, will do boss!
    – Burgi
    May 14, 2018 at 16:00
  • Time up on the [trial]. Please put brackets around tags when you refer to them in titles (especially if you are doing puns).
    – NH.
    May 14, 2018 at 22:40
  • @NH.consider it done! :)
    – Burgi
    May 15, 2018 at 8:10

2 Answers 2


I'd say yes, but not because of the reason you gave.

My support is based on the absence of a common topic as opposed to just a motif. For example:

Receive encrypted string from server

How is this question related to "trial"? Even if the asking user's purpose had something to do with the trial software, we'd expect an answer that can treat the subject in general.

Or this:

Change Windows Activation/License back to a trial

I'd say the subject is Windows licensing and does it nicely.

Or this:

Converting Windows 8.x Enterprise into Pro so I could activate it and use at home

This has nothing to do with the trial altogether.

Let ask ourselves: Optimally, what are Super User questions that can be categorized as "trial"?

The answer is: Those that entail treatment of trial software or software piracy. Unfortunately, both go against Super User policy. In that one is the kind of question that lose value quickly and another is the forbidden question. Licensing law question do not have these problem but don't belong to Super User in the first place.


All of the trials have now been expired! The majority of them were about licensing issue. The ones asking for techniques to bypass trials were flagged for removal.

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