Currently, the "Hardware" tag is disabled:

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However, things such as "Hardware-failure" are allowed.

The reason the tag was closed (based on my research) is that it lead to quite a bit of shopping questions. Shopping questions should remain unallowed however there are plenty of valid uses for this: Example - Yes, the question is a duplicate however the best tag I could use for it was "Laptop", and that isn't a very good tag.

Again, this should only be used for hardware problems (not necessarily failures, just problems). The rule about no shopping would still apply.


As mentioned the tag was not allowed because it's a meta tag. Can the hardware and software tags be obliterated?

these tags add nothing, and they are perilously close to meta-tags

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