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This site has an tag, but I'm struggling to understand how this tag should be used; it has no tag excerpt or wiki, but that's not a problem unique to this tag.

As every question on this site should be about open source one way or another, it could go on every question - but if it's on every question, it doesn't add any information.

Is there a good subset of questions we should use the tag on? If not, it feels to me like we should just delete the tag.

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  • Comparing the oldest and last active visible questions, looks like this tag was created quite recently on this question (Jun '20)
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Sep 19, 2021 at 5:28
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    Philip, the tag has finally been burninated, and blocklisted. Sorry about the delay, which was nearly all mine; do you fancy accepting an answer?
    – MadHatter Mod
    Commented Dec 5, 2022 at 10:57
  • Done (and no need to apologise, this certainly wasn't the biggest issue) Commented Dec 5, 2022 at 10:59

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This looks like a meta-tag, at best. And as you mentioned, virtually every question on this site should about open source anyway, so it would be pointless.

Burninate it!

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    This is actually an intrinsic tag and might even need to be blacklisted.
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Sep 19, 2021 at 5:30
  • @AndrewT. was not aware of that term, thanks for sharing! And I agree - blacklisting is probably the right way to go - we shouldn't have this tag, and we shouldn't allow it to be created by mistake.
    – Mureinik
    Commented Sep 19, 2021 at 6:33
  • Side note - we really need a better term than "blacklist". If the Linux kernel moved past it, so can we.
    – Mureinik
    Commented Sep 19, 2021 at 6:33
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    Sorry, was commenting in a hurry, I should have called it blocklist instead.
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Sep 19, 2021 at 6:37
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    Indeed, this should be blocked as an intrinsic tag. It looks like [opensource] is already blocked... which I guess doesn't block [open-source], if the block was added before this issue came up. (EDIT: Looks like the tag still exists. Since the tag's on 50+ questions right now, it's easier for staff to remove it ourselves as part of the tag block process.)
    – V2Blast
    Commented Jun 24, 2022 at 15:56
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    I just wanted to give an update that we have blocked use of the tag and cleaned up the questions with the tag as well.
    – SpencerG StaffMod
    Commented Dec 2, 2022 at 21:10
  • @SpencerG thank you so much!
    – MadHatter Mod
    Commented Dec 5, 2022 at 10:57

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