I don't think the 'server' tag serves any purpose at all on a site that's all about servers. Might as well have a 'Programming' tag on StackOverflow.

Perhaps it would be better to have tags linux-server, windows-server, linux-client, windows-client and so on. A question about problems with windows clients connecting to a linux samba server could then be given the appropriate tags, and the part with -server would actually be useful.

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    On a daily basis I also deal with users, software, networks, security, workstations, etc. I've seen questions, on SF, directly related to each of these items. None of these items are servers, nor would they qualify for a [server] tag. But this is a community-built site. You brought your question to the correct place to be addressed.
    – jscott
    Commented Oct 22, 2010 at 18:39
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    +1, I HATE that tag. It does seem kind of redundant in 99% of cases. Commented Oct 22, 2010 at 20:45
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    While I agree that we don't require the server tag, this site is NOT "all about servers". Your view of system administrations is too narrow. A significant number of questions are unrelated to servers. Likewise, there are many admins who never get to work on a server at all. Commented Oct 24, 2010 at 21:21
  • The 'server' tag does help to distinguish a question from 'storage' (Like a Netapp or storage array, not a server), or 'networking' (also not a server) or 'security policies'. Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 17:33
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    @Stefan, while I see your point I think the server tag is far too generic to be of any real value. Server questions should be tagged with one or more tags appropriate to the actual make and model of server to be useful. Commented Oct 27, 2010 at 1:43

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We already have several specific server tags like server-hardware and email-server. So I think it's a good idea to get rid of the server tag and have tags like linux-server and windows-server instead.

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    I agree. "Server" is far too generic, it doesn't help when searching and doesn't help to categorize or organize the questions.
    – Chris S
    Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 17:58
  • +1 for too generic, that is a better reason for deleting the tag rather than the OP's idea. Not all questions on here are [server] related, as pointed out by jscott above.
    – user11604
    Commented May 5, 2011 at 8:49

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