It seems to me that there are some tags that if they are the only ones on a post (or even if they are mentioned at all) pretty much make the question off topic. Perhaps these tags should have a warning similar to that appearing on the or they should be removed or something else.

Some examples are: ,,, (though there are some questions that are tagged shopping that are not closed, I think many of them should be) , ,,, ,, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,, ,, .

Would it be possible for a mod or someone else to either remove these tags, or make it clear somehow that they are used in a totally different way than they are generally used? For example, if legal is talking about a filename, then that is fine, but that is generally not the way that it is used. While I could submit a wiki tag edit, it would then just be confusing as it would have nothing to do with the question.

There are also tags that just don't say anything (meta tags?). Some examples are: ,, , , , , , , , , , , , (least the way it is used now, i.e. inconsistently) , , , , , ,, , , ,.

These tags should be removed I think.

EDIT 1: I tried to put the following text in the wiki summary of the tags in my first group:

Please make sure that if you are using this tag, your question conforms to the FAQ, namely that it is about computer hardware or software.

After getting the first two accepted, the rest were rejected (I assume as I can no longer submit edits for seven days).

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    Keep in mind, you have the ability to suggest tag wiki edits. For the first batch you mention, you can go through and edit the tag wikis to include a warning that those questions are typically off topic. We'll look through them and see if any should be banned or widely removed. We can take a look at the second batch of tags and consider some of them for blacklisting. – nhinkle Aug 21 '11 at 7:30
  • I could but some of them don't seem worth saving (like cost for example). It is in the first group because it tells me something, but I can't think of legitimate use for the tag. – soandos Aug 21 '11 at 7:32
  • if you think the tag shouldn't exist, then put it in your list for burnination. – nhinkle Aug 21 '11 at 7:33
  • @nhinkle, I can no longer edit tag wikis for a week, see edit. – soandos Aug 21 '11 at 7:54
  • For your list of tags that don't say anything, I'd probably nuke all of them except for "attack", "eula". – slhck Aug 21 '11 at 8:21
  • How can EULA be on topic? – soandos Aug 21 '11 at 8:22
  • Well, definitely not by itself. But it might be for questions like "If I have a CD of this software, can I install it on another computer?", et cetera. – slhck Aug 21 '11 at 9:18

Ok, I burninated:

,, , , , , , , , , , , , (least the way it is used now, i.e. inconsistently) , , , , , ,, , , ,.

(note that exam was listed twice here.. did you mean another tag?)

tags burninated

  • Can you add the burninations to the blocked tags list, too? – nhinkle Aug 22 '11 at 7:47
  • we generally don't do that unless they are recurring problems, otherwise you clutter the blacklist with a lot of not-so-useful entries – Jeff Atwood Aug 22 '11 at 7:49
  • Seems reasonable. Thanks for the info. – nhinkle Aug 22 '11 at 7:50

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