The tag seems to attract taggers of all kinds, from using random number generators (which I think is the right usage) to people complaining about their computers "randomly" shutting down.

How should this tag be used?

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    @random will handle it in... random fashion
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Aug 26, 2011 at 15:57
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    If ever there was a tag that deserved ambiguity...
    – Shog9
    Aug 26, 2011 at 23:34
  • +1 because digitxp seeded the question with an opinion regarding correct usage -- random number generation. Aug 27, 2011 at 22:57
  • @Randolf: random-number-generator is more clear for that purpose Aug 28, 2011 at 0:26
  • @Tom Wijsman: I just checked the "random" tag and it seems that there are no questions tagged to it; perhaps it's not even needed. Aug 28, 2011 at 0:58
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    @Randolf: That's because Random and I already worked through that tag. I improved some titles/content and added other more specific tags along the way... Aug 28, 2011 at 1:00

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It's a meta tag at best and now that it's been wiped away, there isn't much to do with it.


I think Random should only be for questions or discussions about randomness and or random number generators , not random events that are happening.

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