In the FAQ it plainly states that career advice questions are not appropriate. Yet when a new question is being asked you are prompted to input a tag, including the . Perhaps we shouldn't prompt users to input this tag if it is not appropriate for the site.

A screenshot showing improper tag prompt

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    That's a very good point.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 14, 2012 at 13:26

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As ChrisF has said, the example tags are randomly pulled from the top 30 tags on the site, but they're usage counts from all undeleted questions - closed questions are still included!

I've checked in a change that excludes closed questions from these usage counts. While it won't remove from the list, it will push out of the top 30.

  • Excellent move. I assume that this applies to all sites.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 15, 2012 at 8:35
  • Yes, this affects all sites. Feb 15, 2012 at 18:48

These suggestions come from the existing tag base. It's certainly not based on the tags I've asked questions in previously or answered questions, and it's not the most popular tags. If I ask a question I get a different set:

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so there is be a random element in there - in fact the three example tags are chosen randomly from the top thirty tags on the site. If you notice mine even suggests the tag - even worse! - these tags persist for me when I open the Ask Question page again, so there is an element of caching in there as well.

Once the bad tags are removed from all questions (hint, hint) then they shouldn't appear in the list again, so get retagging.

One of the developers will see this question and be able to give a definitive answer.


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