What is the list of tags we should not allow? Much like how on most other SE sites tags like homework, subjective, etc. have been disallowed. It doesn't stop anybody from asking homework-related or subjective questions but at least we don't actually roll out the red carpet.

For more info check out: Should we permanently remove the [subjective] tag? on Meta.SO.

  • I'm going to lock this. With two questions, it got the discussion started in 2010 but isn't answerable or continuing the discussion today.
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 10:05

4 Answers 4


I think that if we have an [apple] tag, it will be used in a way that doesn't add any value. Maybe we can use [apple inc] for questions related to the company.

  • Yes, my thoughts exactly when I noticed someone had retagged this with [apple]. [apple-inc] might indeed be better as it makes it clearer it's about the company. If we do keep the [apple] tag, it will certainly be used in completely superfluous ways (like [programming] on Stack Overflow).
    – Jonik
    Commented Aug 27, 2010 at 12:39

At first I believed they'd add clutter but using [mac] for any Mac based questions, [iphone] for iPhone based questions, etc. will help users categorize the type of Apple question. My initial impressions was wrong but I still believe there will be a list of tags that should not be allowed. The ones I first gave are not them.

  • Can you edit the question & title then? Sounds like a good idea.
    – Josh K
    Commented Aug 17, 2010 at 19:52
  • @Josh K: Toned down the suck!
    – Chealion
    Commented Aug 17, 2010 at 20:00
  • +agreed. I think [apple] is definitely useless as it's the basic premise of the site. [mac], [osx], [iphone], etc, are very usefull. Commented Aug 17, 2010 at 21:39

[Mac] strikes me as the single most superfluous tag. [OSX] while seemingly useless at a glance, is actually fairly useful for categorizing general system software questions that aren't specific to one version or another. Similarly, [Apple] makes perfect sense as a tag for questions about Apple, The Company, rather than Apple, The Subject - But if folks would rather that tag be [Apple, Inc.], I don't think that's a problem either.

Questions about Mac Hardware, should, for clarity, probably be tagged with the particular product line (i.e. [iMac], [PowerBook], [Mac Mini]), or category ([Notebook], [Desktop]). I can really only count on one hand the sort of questions that could generally be applied to all Macs across that sort of categorization scheme that would actually benefit from a tag of [Mac] and not something else entirely.


Why should we not allow [mac] or [apple] tags?

Is there a distinct clutter benefit to not allowing them?

Some tags that I think we should not allow:

  • [linux]
  • [windows]

Okay, just a joke. I can't think of any tags that shouldn't be allowed, except for standard subjective questions, questions that are clearly argumentative (windows-vs-mac?) or spiteful (i-can't-google).

  • As was proposed in the other question on the subject, [apple] as a tag makes a great deal of sense for questions about the company. [osx] for general OS questions seems fine as well. [mac] however, feels very superfluous to me. Commented Aug 17, 2010 at 19:35
  • 1
    @Less: Then submit and answer indicating that. I'm starting to feel the same way however. :)
    – Josh K
    Commented Aug 17, 2010 at 19:42
  • I didn't have the rep to before! Commented Aug 17, 2010 at 20:34

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .