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This question covers our list of "bad" tags, tags which don't make sense in general or in the specific context of the site. These include meta tags, tags that are redundant with the focus of the site (game-development), non-specific tags, and so on.

Note that originally this question was set up as a community-wiki, with one answer per bad tag suggestion. Recently we seemed to have moved to a model where we post individual meta questions for each tag, which seems to foster better discussion. You can still post in this topic if you like.

This list can also cover tag synonym suggestions. For example, should be mapped to . Note that you can vote on tag synonyms other people propose. For a list of synonyms currently in the system, go here.

Currently Blacklisted Tags

The tag link pages for each of these should be empty. If you add a new tag here, please preserve the alphabetical ordering for easier browsing. Please link to the discussion that lead to the tag being included on the blacklist for posterity.

Note that there's an easy way to link to tags nowadays. The format is:

[tag:TAG_NAME]

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closed as too broad by Josh Oct 20 '16 at 15:29

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    \$\begingroup\$ I have closed this question because we've reached the point where the scope of the question is too large to effectively manage the proposals or the discussion using the SE format. We have long since switched over to a model of having individual discussions for each blacklist proposal, and simply linking them from this question when a consensus is arrived at. If you would like to propose a tag for the blacklist or discuss the blacklisted state of a tag, please make a dedicated meta thread for the topic. \$\endgroup\$ – Josh Oct 20 '16 at 15:32

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Not many tagged questions (16), here are what it's being used for:

  • Feedback from players (alternative: )
  • Force feedback (alternative: )
  • Transform feedback (alternative: )
  • A meta-tag for getting feedback from this site (please respond)

I suggest removing this tag entirely.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Tag obliterated. \$\endgroup\$ – Josh Jan 16 '15 at 16:53
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Not used much, but all questions belong to two categories:

  • Should be using instead, or not at all
  • Not game dev related (i.e. "computer science degree")

So I suggest removing this tag, and maybe replacing some instances of it with .

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  • \$\begingroup\$ It's been nuked. \$\endgroup\$ – Josh Mar 6 '15 at 20:08
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, , , , ,

Do we merge all of these under DirectX or do we require that people specify the version of DirectX they are using? Either way, we need to come up with a solution that can be applied to all "versionable" tags.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you suggesting merging to a single 'DirectX' tag? The DirectX versions are significantly different in places so having the number there is a good thing. People often tag questions as DirectX that could be more accurately tagged as Direct3D questions BUT 95% of the time someone says DirectX, they mean Direct3D and for this reason I think we should drop the Direct3D tags and go with numbered DirectX tags (i.e. DirectX, DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11). However users may often tag questions as 'Direct3D N' so retagging would be frequent... \$\endgroup\$ – CiscoIPPhone Nov 13 '10 at 0:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ Some questions tagged with a specific DirectX version really apply to any version (or a broad range of versions) of DirectX, but it's up to you taggers to determine if it should remain particular to a version or changed to 'DirectX'. \$\endgroup\$ – CiscoIPPhone Nov 13 '10 at 0:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ The separate versions should stay separate. The precedence is that questions that are non-version-specific should use the base tag and specific version questions use the more specific system. There is no hierarchy system for tags and I don't think there ever will be, so merging the versions will be a mistake. That being said, I'm open to the idea of merging Direct3D* with DirectX*. \$\endgroup\$ – Tetrad Nov 13 '10 at 3:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ DONE (not merging version specific, but merging direct3d into directx) Maybe that'll bite us in the ass later with the people talking about the nuances between the two, but for now I think it makes sense. \$\endgroup\$ – Tetrad Nov 16 '10 at 20:39
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is confusing and has two questions tagged with it, which both deal with the same relatively localised subject of smooth between two points in space.

Synonym? Delete?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I suspect this is because easing is part of tweening, what Flash/Actionscript calls location interpolation. AFAIK interpolation in AS deals specifically with colors. Still, it would be nice to gently guide AS3-only developers to the industry standard usage. \$\endgroup\$ – user14497 Mar 19 '12 at 18:29
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I'm thinking that and generally mean the same thing, except in the case where "levels" refers to "character level" or something like that.

Both are generally really vague anyway.

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is too localized. Replace it with something like:

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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't know if I agree with the synonyms. I think minecraft reads a lot better than your suggestions. It's also what more people are likely going to search for and internally categorize as. I don't necessarily have a problem with the idea of a minecraft-mod tag, but it begs the question if we're going to make a separate -mod tag for any question asking about mods for a specific game. \$\endgroup\$ – Tetrad Jan 22 '12 at 8:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Tetrad thanks. I think the mod tag would generally be on a popularity-basis: if you start getting a few questions about modding a certain game make a tag for (which means I don't think minecraft-mod qualifies). \$\endgroup\$ – Jonathan Dickinson Jan 22 '12 at 12:54
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really feels like a synonym of . There's a high correlation between the two tags

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Not a main site tag, but a meta tag, but vague nonetheless.

Discussion.

TL;DR: If your question isn't specific, why are you asking in the first place?

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I think these should be merged under networking, seeing as how the client-server model is a form of distributed computing.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Not all networking is client-server, though. "Is a" isn't a good reason for tag merging. \$\endgroup\$ – Tetrad Nov 13 '10 at 3:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't see what the benefit of having client-server is, when we have networking. If you look through the client-server questions, although they mention the words "client" and "server", most are not client-server model specific, so having them tagged as such is fairly misleading. \$\endgroup\$ – Ari Patrick Nov 13 '10 at 14:23

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