Yes, nuke it.
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Yes increase the reputation requirement to create tags. Most people with only 300 rep probably don't quite get how tags are supposed to work. People tend to forget or not know that spaces separate tags and where a - should be used or that they are sorted by popularity. For example the fixed and width you cite should probably be fixed-width and they could end ...
As I've been the one doing much of the proftpd, vsftpd, and pureftpd retagging, I feel I should explain why I've been doing it. I'm the author of proftpd, and have lately been spending much time on SO, trying to discover some of the oft-asked questions/pain points with my project, so that I can address them if I can. And of course, as I see some of the FTP-...
I wrote a query a little over a month ago that sorts tags based upon their closure ratio. Some of them are legitimate tags (nntp seems like a keeper), but most are just signs of poor tag choices or topics that don't apply to this site.
For posterity and clickability, below are the top 100 at the moment. Since it's unwieldily, I've broken it into categories: ...
Personally, I think these tags should go away.
I don't see any use for "certification tags" -- You wouldn't ask a "practical answerable question about an actual problem you face" in CCNA or MCSE certification for example (and if you did, like "The stupid testing center double-charged me, what do I do?" or "The testing center's lab lost power halfway through ...
See: Is it okay to use Stack Overflow as the support forum for a product or project?
If there's a category of questions about your product that happen to be on-topic for a Stack Exchange site, it's fine to direct folks here as long as you provide other support options as well. This has worked out best when folks are already asking questions related to a ...
Does anyone have it Favorited? NO
Does the tag mean anything all by its lonesome? NO
Is it especially popular? NO
Given that, it should be removed.
I don't think it's worth blacklisting, we only have 34 of 'em after all, but it could definitely go onto The bad tag collection.
These tags are sufficiently generic as to not be all that useful. It's a concept, not a specific technology, and isn't the kind of thing we'd build a tag-community around.
Nor are they common enough to warrant blacklisting, so probably should be periodically gone-through and retagged with more specific items. That said, we could pretty easily alias header ->...
The tag custom serves no purpose. No one follows it, and no one is likely to use it to find questions of interest. It should be burninated and blacklisted.
For that matter, the customization tag looks equally useless.
Feel free to remove the tag from any such question you come across, and to replace it with another tag if a more appropriate one exists.
We have aws and azure, so google-cloud-platform would certainly seem to belong, as they are the other big public cloud option. Plus, we do already have the more specific tags about specific parts of their cloud.
As to its purpose, I'd say it should be used like the AWS and Azure tags. To tag questions about sysadmin-y things specific to Google's cloud ...
I googled up hpsa and got a screenful of "Health Professional Shortage Area." I'm pretty sure hpsa isn't that. It could be "HP Service Activator," or it could be "HP Smart Array," or it could be "Hippo Party Sunday Afternoon," although that last one seems unlikely. ;)
It's possible that you might need a more descriptive tag, like hp-smart-array or hp-...
The apache tag should be blacklisted. Apache 2.2 and 2.4 (and there are still a few freaks out there using 1.3!) are sufficiently different that people usually need to specify the version they are using.
(Moderators can't blacklist a tag, though; SE will need to be called in.)
The tag cable, cables and cabling are synonyme, thus all point to the cable's tag, which is sadly missing a description like you find.
The questions tagged that way are more for the physical aspect of the cable, like length limitation, physical properties, tubing, installation, etc..
For cable-management it's more related to the racking and management, as ...
I'm not going to look at each of those questions and try to asses whether or not they are "server-stuff" but I will say that while I don't use VirtualBox on a server (nor is it intended to be used that way) I do use it as a valuable tool in my role as a system administrator. I think some may be forgetting that SF isn't just about server stuff.
Travis CI isn't a service used by system administrators, but by programmers. It's therefore more appropriate to ask questions about it on Stack Overflow, where you'll find hundreds of questions already.
This is a meta-tag, and it and its brethren should be blacklisted. They don't classify anything atomically, and by themselves they don't mean anything; they must be used with another tag. We don't like meta-tags around these parts, so they should go.
fail 13 questions
crash 172 questions
error 66 questions
fault 12 questions
Because of their recurring ...
Well, I did. Because the tag was an awful mess, and is a poor tag to begin with. Related to this thread, of course.
At the start of the year, Server Fault had just shy of 5,200 tags. Think about that for a second. 5,200 tags. And what are tags? They are labels/categories/an organizational aid. By grouping similar things together, you make it easier to ...
Having had a quick look at the 50 questions tagged rebuild I'd be inclined to agree with 1. deletion.
It doesn't always appear as though people wanted to use it as raid-rebuild etc so just removing it seems like a good option.
I can't imagine any questions which would be tagged as one or the other. That says to me that it would be reasonable to make one a synonym of the other. I'm not sure about which one to make the "primary", though.
I can see the value in consistency of tag name with other DNS record types, so ptr-record would seem to be the better primary. On the other ...