I wanted to hi-light recent changes to the hacking tag on the main site.

I took out all the “dictionary” definition from the excerpt and made it 100% about usage guidance - what should be tagged and what shouldn’t.

Are these edits keeping with group consensus on what we should expect from this tag?

Once that’s established - we can see about retagging questions if needed if some of the usage for this tag is outside the usage guidelines.

  • I have rejected the tag wiki on the grounds of being copied content without attribution.
    – grg Mod
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 16:48
  • Haven't checked what's tagged in this way. But it feels quite unfortunate that this partial and negative aspect of a two-part meaning seems to prevail. Compare the original, positive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker Perhaps a synonym of "criminal activities", "system intrusion" or other more direct phrases might be better? For me, "hacking" is much more 'understanding', 'engineering', 'tinkering' 'fun with technology' etc. Commented May 17, 2019 at 22:13
  • @LangLangC I would support that as well, but without consensus here it’s going to be very hard to change the prevailing usage.
    – bmike Mod
    Commented May 18, 2019 at 4:26


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