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.
I think that untagged 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 untagged 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.
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.
Some months ago I stumbled on this specific meta question, and couldn't believe how much the untagged 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:
These are these stats as of today:
- 579 locked untagged questions (= +1 since sept 21, 2015, obviously out of my control because of my rep).
- [untagged] closed:no locked:no only returns 5 more hits.
- [untagged] closed:yes locked:no only returns 9 more hits.
- So for the unlocked questions, the counter went down from 114 to 5 + 9 = 14 more hits ... That is 100 questions that got resolved (and also explains my +100*2 rep increase since I started ...).
For the remaining 14 unlocked questions, I probably won't do any additional efforts to also get those resolved, mostly because of either of those reasons:
- I don't understand why retagging a duplicate "untagged" question with the very same tag (as the duplicate) gets ... rejected! If, IMHO, question 1 is classified as a duplicate of question 2, then their tags should be identical also (instead of one of them having "untagged" as tag, go figure ...).
- Check for yourself if "you" have any inspiration about which tag to use for the remaining (closed:no and closed:yes) ones ... I've really tried to find "some" tag, but about 4 of them for which I had (I thought) found a tag my suggested edit got rejected. So be it, I'm not going to take a risk of running into a suggested edits ban ... By the way, after you complete the closed:yes and closed:no questions, you should see a few more questions which seem to not be closed:no and also not be closed:yes ... (what am I missing,
Here are "some" (hm, hm) suggestions to also further reduce the 579 remaining locked questions with 52 more (less?) untagged questions (= about 10%):
- [untagged] is:q phpmyadmin (2 remaining, retag with phpmyadmin?).
- [untagged] is:q plesk (4 remaining, retag with plesk?).
- [untagged] is:q cpanel (5 remaining, retag with cpanel?).
- [untagged] is:q inventory (7 remaining, retag with asset-management?).
- [untagged] is:q outsourcing (5 remaining, retag with hosting?).
- [untagged] duplicate:yes (22 remaining , use same tag as the duplicate question?).
- [untagged] is:q mcse (7 remaining, retag with test ... or something better?).
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 ...).