Subject says it all. Just posted a question and noticed the tag. This site specifically flags items on a regular basis that are hardware recommendations since they are too broad, so why have this tag?

And that said, I would recommend a review of anything that has happens so questions like that—which are pure hardware recommendations—can be ditched.

Wall-E reviewing some hardware.

  • Indeed, we shouldn't have tags for topics that are disallowed on the site. – allquixotic Jul 21 at 19:20
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    Please read the tag description, which clearly explains when a question with this tag is on or off topic. – DavidPostill Jul 21 at 19:40
  • @DavidPostill Ahh. Gotcha. But I still personally find it confusing but respect the larger group’s opinion. – JakeGould Jul 21 at 20:14
  • There is a Hardware Recommendations SE. Should people be redirected there? – RockPaperLizard Jul 24 at 7:55
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    Related: [Could we finally get rid of [software-rec]?](meta.superuser.com/q/8505/194694) – gronostaj Jul 24 at 8:34
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    @RockPaperLizard I'd say yes. Is that just a matter of updating the tag description to point users to Hardware Recommendations? – kasperd Jul 29 at 16:27
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    @kasperd I just added info to the tag description regarding the Hardware Recommendations SE (pending review). – RockPaperLizard Jul 29 at 19:05
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I agree philosophically, but as a practical matter, blatantly off-topic tags serve a useful function when they are subjects that will always be improperly posted here.

We will never stop hardware or software requests. The same applies to a number of other subjects that are virtually always off-topic. Having a tag that states that is useful (and it's likely to get recreated, anyway, if we delete it, unless it's blacklisted in all of its possible variations).

  • Posters may read the wiki excerpt and not post the question here. ROTFL; I crack me up!
  • It makes spotting these questions much easier. They stand out like a sore thumb on the main page, which means they get disposed of quickly.
  • The wiki excerpt is something we can point to when advising the poster why their question is being closed (or migrated, depending on the subject & tag).
  • It clarifies the intent of the question. Occasionally, someone using these tags will have a problem that can be fixed natively, without recommending something they need to purchase. But the tag generally indicates that the poster came here asking for a purchase recommendation, in which case they came to the wrong place. That's a starting point for their interaction.
  • Agreed. Moreover the tag itself is not a reason why a person publishes such a post and removing it will not prevent such posts. People will use more general tags like hardware and it will become more difficult to track such posts. – user2162852 Jul 27 at 18:13

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