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Let's nuke the catch-all tags

Surely all questions here are polls, in the sense that people vote for answers they agree with?

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    +1 This still confuses me a bit, see the comments to meta.programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/58/…. Please note that this is not a duplicate and that this tag might need a full-blown own discussion rather than comments to a more general question... I would like to see a clear explanation for when a question should be tagged [poll] (perhaps to place that information in its tag wiki?) but I really don't see a reason why we need poll all over the place, in the current situation most questions miss this tag and this might not improve in the future. Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 14:57

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I certainly don't think that the 'poll' tag is very useful, I don;t think anyone is really going to search for questions through that tag.


If the [poll] tag was useful, wouldn't this question be tagged with it?

I also disagree with its use on SO, along with other meta tags: they describe the poster's intent or motivation rather than the question's content. You could say the poster's intent is the question type (of which "poll", "homework", etc. fit), but those still aren't about the content of the question.

It was a long time coming around to this opinion, though, and it's broken on this very site: [discussion], [feature-request], [bug], etc. These categories are needed on a support site (with [discussion] merely because we mix it with support), while they don't seem to be on a Q&A site.

  • @Roger Pate: There's a separate [support] tag.
    – Gelatin
    Commented Sep 26, 2010 at 18:38
  • @Simon: Feature requests and bug reports are also types of support.
    – Roger Pate
    Commented Sep 26, 2010 at 22:11

Is everyone OK with the tag being removed?

Quoting TheLQ's comment on an answer at Adding discipline to programmers.SE:

... If you look at it, all subjective questions are polls, ...

As most questions could be tagged with [poll] and nobody speaks up it really seems like a redundant tag.

I have a strong believe people would agree:

The poll tag is

  • a meta tag as it doesn't tell something about the content,
  • redundant as it's an useless tag for the reasons described in this question and its comment.

As of now, it's gone...

Those that disagree should start a serious meta question with a reason for such tags to exist.
After waiting some days, a lot of people have agreed and nobody has disagreed...

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    Please, wait to a definitive decision.
    – Maniero
    Commented Sep 24, 2010 at 22:30
  • Okay... Stopped retagging further to prevent having to rollback much. The problem is that I don't think that a definitive decision will occur as this question isn't popular at all... How much more time should I give this Q? 3 days? 1 week? ...? Although our comments has put the Q on top again. :-) Commented Sep 24, 2010 at 22:33
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    Moderators have tools to do mass retag.
    – clrod
    Commented Sep 25, 2010 at 1:50
  • Yeah, that might be a more efficient action for one to perform... Commented Sep 25, 2010 at 2:30

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