We have a good number of questions tagged . I don't really get what it's for. The tag wiki explains

Use this tag for questions regarding the development of open projects.

So what are we talking about? About software development? business development? project development? Any kind of development?

I don't know, which means it's already unclear.

If it's any kind of development, then I think it's too broad. If it's software development, I don't think it offers much over what offers, and is still pretty broad; are we talking about software development in general using open source tools and/or materials, or are we talking about developing open source software?

  • Pun not included? How could this be! (I'm not a good pun maker, but how about "Removing [development]s in the development tag?"
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 1:25

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The extended tag wiki gives us a little more information:

The development of open projects must take into account a number of things, including financial and human resources.

I'm thinking this tag was created with regards to the overall development of open projects - including all of the aspects you mention above and possibly some others.

However, as a question classifier that's not very helpful, because its scope is so big. Tags are supposed to have wide scope, but overly wide scope results in a tag that doesn't do anything for the question and may as well not be there.

Action: I'd review the questions with the tag on and change it to other things as necessary: , , , etc. That should result in its removal.

  • Note that project-management also exists
    – Martijn
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 12:22
  • I think I would add [documentation], and maybe [file-structures]
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 12:00

The tag is unclear and useless, burninate it.

  • I'd say yes, as long as we review the questions and evaluate whether they could benefit from a different tag such as those I suggested in my answer.
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 12:18

The tag should be used for development of open source software, rename it to

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    No: as you say in the question, I don't think [software-development] would give us much that [software] doesn't already.
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 12:18

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