Every once in a while I stumble about a tag on Stack Overflow which
- has no useful meaning; or
- is a marker for questions which are generally off-topic or not constructive.
Sometimes I try to open a post on Meta Stack Overflow about these to collect some help to clean them up. But as each user has only a limited amount of close-votes (and you need five votes from different users (or one from a moderator) to close a question), one can do that only every so often, these questions would take votes away from each other.
So here I’ll try to have a list of these tags so I don’t forget.
- [future]: A lot of these are questions about future events. Prophesies are not on-topic on SO.. The on-topic meaning would be the concept used in concurrent programming.
- [protected]: About quite some different things, like the
protectedkeyword in some programming languages, protected memory, protected Twitter accounts, password-protected files, protecting video downloads, … . I’m not sure how to sensibly retag this. (The tag also has no tag wiki.)
[alternative]: This looks like another tag which contains many non-constructive questions.
- [word] vs. [msword]
I’ll add more later as I stumble about them.