In the C++ tag and I've seen several questions about various APIs and tools that don't have a single line of C++, ask a question that would specifically apply to C++, or ask for their question to be answered in a C++ implementation.

Questions like:

These do not contain or relate to C++ and are general GLSL/OpenGL/DirectX/CUDA questions that could easily be answered with language agnostic solutions or without any code at all. Would it not be better to expressly ask for the solution to be given with a C++ implementation in mind instead of the question being tagged with c++? Would it be beneficial to remove the c++ tag in questions like these? I've read Are language tags useless? and its accepted answers and I really don't see a benefit in searching/filtering for an unrelated tag.


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Remove the tag if you can.

We should not be artificially making our questions more specific than they need to be; see also this recent discussion.

Try to make other improvements in your edit as well, especially if you are under the reputation threshold that still requires your edits to be approved.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you, that was basically what I was afraid to do, I figured I'd just be making a mess for the mods if I started making a bunch of edits where I only removed the C++ tag to clear up something that probably doesn't bother many people much. \$\endgroup\$
    – user5665
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 13:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MattJensJensen It won't cause problems. Edits that require approval (as yours currently would I think, given your reputation) often do get rejected for being too minor though, which is why I suggested trying to make other substantive edits as well (or at least include a good edit comment). \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 15:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'll do my best to try to provide some more substantial value to my future edits, I felt bad immediately after re-tagging a question very similar to the ones I've linked to in this question realizing that someone actually has to go through and approve that minor edit. \$\endgroup\$
    – user5665
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 15:44

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