I recently came across the tag . What does this even mean? Is this a garbage tag that should just be removed?

For anyone working on the tag clean-up, please watch out for a few things:

If it's a question that should be closed, don't retag - flag or vote. If it's closed and can't be saved, flag for deletion. If it's a good question, try to make as many edits at the same time as possible (consider the title, body, any other tag changes, and answers). Just don't flood the homepage with a bunch of minor edits to questions. It just buries new questions.

If you aren't sure if you can save a question, feel free to discuss it somewhere - in this question or in chat. If an edit is going to be made, make it a good one.

Just generally reduce the number of edits to a single question as well as the number of questions you edit at a given moment in time. Thanks!

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    It adds no value and should be nuked.
    – Walter
    Sep 29, 2012 at 12:53
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    I think the tag is used for questions about great programmers, or becoming a great programmer :p
    – Rachel
    Sep 29, 2012 at 14:29
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    Little did you know that Alexander the Great was a programmer, let alone that he has his own tag
    – Ben Brocka
    Sep 29, 2012 at 15:07
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    @Rachel I would hope that every question on this site is about becoming a great programmer :P
    – Earlz
    Sep 29, 2012 at 15:55
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    @RobertHarvey I just tried to +1 my own question because of your edit lol
    – Earlz
    Oct 1, 2012 at 20:31

2 Answers 2


It's a terrible tag and it should die an ignoble death.

We had it on the chopping block before, but it slipped through the cracks while we were dealing with even worse tags that were far more prolific.

Kill it. Kill it with fire.

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    How do you really feel about it Mark?? :)
    – Walter
    Sep 29, 2012 at 23:00
  • Well let's get to untagging!
    – Ben Brocka
    Sep 30, 2012 at 19:35

It's amazing how when investigating crap tags like [great-programmers], you always discover other equally (or more) crappy tags. This time I found [passion] and [career-advice]. Oh, well, all three were cleaned up, and will be removed from the system automatically.

Unfortunately some [great-programmers] questions from the good old days were unsalvageable and without any lasting value, so they went the way of the dodo.

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