Historical questions about :

The general consensus of these two is that the tag really should go away... though nothing has been done about it.

If the tag remains, it really needs a better tag-wiki akin to or saying that its a very dangerous tag to ask in and needs to be properly formulated to have any chase of not getting closed quickly.

If the tag is to go, there are apparently a few ways that this can be done.

  1. Someone goes through and removes the tag from all the questions. There are 'only' 88 of them though thats still a mess... including bumping a number of closed questions.
  2. Have a mod do super powers to destroy the tag. I'm not sure what these super powers are, but if they have them... well, boom goes the tag.
  3. Have SE use their super powers to completely burninate the tag. Its gone and make it so that it can never come back.

I'd really go for option #3... Number 1 is a mess. Granted 88 isn't that big of a mess compared to some other tags, but thats still a mess... its about 2 days worth of front page activity. If SE doesn't do the 'kill it with fire' approach, if a mod does have their super powers, then those should be used.

But please, just kill it. Make it go poof and boom and other noises as it disappears into the void* never to be cast again. There is no reason for its existence at all given that recommendations has never been on topic here...

  • 's/mod/dev/'...
    – Braiam
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 0:21
  • @Braiam so mods don't have a tag super power? They can't rip a tag out of the stack with as much ease as one rips the tag off of the mattress? Oh well... then it really is a "hey SE... please kill this... we don't have enough Trogdor on P.SE"
    – user40980
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 0:22
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  • Thats... kind of a super power. Maybe we can get Anna to show up... I hear she's working on her meta status-??? tag badges.
    – user40980
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 0:39
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    We need to remove the tag from all non-deleted questions before it can be blacklisted.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 11:21
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    @ChrisF they're gone... please hail the appropriate capable individuals so that they can obliterate the tags recommendations and suggestions so that they may never come back to haunt us again.
    – user40980
    Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 21:38
  • @MichaelT - now they're gone it will be harder for them to return. Leave it a couple of days. If they come back then I'll ask for blacklisting.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 21:39
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    @ChrisF it may take a bit of pushing... while recommendations doesn't show anything, with a bit of digging I found this which is locked and I can't even flag for attention. There are two other closed and locked questions from the elder days that may also hinder the tag destruction.
    – user40980
    Commented Aug 30, 2014 at 18:28

1 Answer 1


Update Sep 4, 2014 - as of now, recommendations and suggestions tags appear empty - there are neither regular (1, 2) nor locked (3, 4) questions there anymore.

Prior content of the answer is below.

As pointed in comments, currently there are only three questions tagged recommendations. In these questions, tag removal requires moderator intervention, because historical lock doesn't even allow a regular user flag these:

While we're at it, let's also blacklist twin tag - - it's empty now and would be great if it never gets used again. Just like recommendations, it's a meta tag:

...It doesn't categorize the question's content, and it cannot stand on its own without other tags. It should therefore be removed.

See http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags/

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