Is the un-tagging of the tag happening?
There are currently 120 questions tagged .

What are we going to do with these?
I assume we will need a shiny diamond special user to handle them, seeing as how some of them are locked for historical significance.

  • Personnaly I dont see that tag as a problem, but it's my opinion, as it's not a error, it's untagged
    – yagmoth555 Mod
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 13:19
  • @yagmoth555 The purpose of tags: A tag is a keyword or label that categorizes your question with other, similar questions.. How does untagged do that right now?
    – Reaces
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 13:21
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    Most of them closed are off-topic, how correcting offtopic question help us ? someday the system will simply purge them anyhow
    – yagmoth555 Mod
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 13:22
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    @yagmoth555 My main concern is that if you leave a mistake alone in the wild, it will grow. In this case, if you leave the tag out there, people will use it. And seeing as how it is meaningless now, yet has a lot of questions tagged, it is likely to pop up. Looking at newest questions with the tag, people are indeed using it.
    – Reaces
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 13:26
  • @yagmoth555 I also thought that the system will never purge them because they are locked for historical significance as part of Hopeless` work. I guess your opinion is to just leave the mess as is and let time run its course?
    – Reaces
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 13:29
  • Yes for closed question, but your point is good to educate the user to prevent that tag use if we decide to not use it. As like I thought, it's more regular that use it, like seen in that example; serverfault.com/posts/507875/revisions
    – yagmoth555 Mod
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 13:41
  • But my opinion is that tag is good, as it's like someone that put is hand in the air to get help to classify the question, but need the community to help him
    – yagmoth555 Mod
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 13:46

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I think that is very useful, as it is a clear indication that a question is in need of some attention. The specific attention that most of the questions that have the tag need is burnination -- even the ones that are open are crap questions (I have no idea how that "R" question is still alive).

I don't think that it is an issue of people using the tag (you cannot create a question without any tags, nor can you explicitly specify when creating or editing a question; I just tried it and the system told me off). It does, on the other hand, make the place look a bit untidy and unmaintained.

If some kind souls want to start weeding the garden, and let me know which questions need shiny diamond powers, I'll help out where needed.

  • does your shiny diamond powers offer from sept 2015 still stand? If so, please consider my suggestions in my answer I just posted ... Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 17:03
  • Yep, I can take care of those. Sorry about the delay in answering, I've been moving house across the country.
    – womble Mod
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 5:34
  • OK, great, enjoy weeding! Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 5:42

I wrote a SEDE query which compares the number of untagged questions across different Stack Exchange site. It turns out that ServerFault is really an outlier with over 500 questions; there's no other site with more than 100 untagged questions and only two others with more than 50.

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  • Hi, good query, I would see that as a question edit too maybe, as technically that mean the tag use is growing, it was at 120 before in 2015, now at 556. What we do ? as a lot of those question are locked, thus it will need a moderator privilege to clean.
    – yagmoth555 Mod
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 18:03
  • Thanks. I can't edit the question, you need full edit privileges to do so. I understand this does not really answer the question, but as is often the case in [discussion] posts on Meta, I'm just throwing in my 2 cents, and this could (later) serve as a progress report if the community succeeds in cleaning up the tag. I've suggested half a dozen tag edits but the rest of the questions are closed or even locked, as you mention.
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 18:40
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    @yagmoth555 Something else must have been happening. In April 2016 there were 11 questions left. In June 2016 the tag had been deleted. In August 2016 there were 580. And of the remaining 550 none have been edited since February 2015.
    – kasperd
    Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 22:46
  • @yagmoth555 Even more interesting. If we look at the most recently modified among those questions, it did in fact have the tag in June 2016 between the date where there were 11 left (and that question wasn't one of them) and the date where the tag had been deleted.
    – kasperd
    Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 22:56

Some months ago I stumbled on this specific meta question, and couldn't believe how much the tag was abused on this specific site. A few days ago, I found some time to somehow try to "contribute" to cleaning this up a bit (note: I had only a rep of about +300 when I started ...). Here is what I achieved since Jan 17, 2015:

PS 1: In Dutch (the language I learned on my mother's knees ...) we have a saying that sounds more or less like so:

Many have dreams, only a few wake up and work on making them happen ...

Hope my answer will wake up "somebody" (with "shiny diamond powers" ???) to further reduce (at least) those 14 not-locked and 52 locked questions.

PS 2: Merci (oeps: thank you) to all the suggested edits reviewers over the past few days who approved those about 100 suggestions. And for those who rejected some of them: don't worry, I understand (one can't have 100% approval rates ...).

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  • @Iain : merci for the link in your comment, can you clarify a bit WHAT you are you trying to say by posting that link? Also, I trust the description of the untagged tag is ... correct, no? Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 17:10
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    @Pierre.Vriens Must be, I'll have to ask my wife (she's from Limburg ;) )
    – Reaces
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 10:05
  • Aha, then she must also know "Ik ben Limburger, ... en daar ben ik fier op!" Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 10:07

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