We have four questions tagged "pseudocode". This question seems to have no value:

  • any question that requests an algorithm would be off-topic if it required a specific language, so tagging a "Please give me an algorithm to do X" question with "pseudocode" is redundant;

  • the answer to any question about pseudocode is "Do whatever you want, as long as it's clear", so the tag has no use there, either.


  • $\begingroup$ Why do we even have that? O.o Hm, maybe it's valid together with didactics or education? Not that we get lots of those... $\endgroup$
    – Raphael
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 16:15
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. True, burninate (I hope we treat vote up as vote). $\endgroup$
    – Evil
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 18:12

2 Answers 2



Burninate the tag! (Feel free to give specific reasons in the comment.)

Please vote on yes/no just by upvoting on the answer you agree with.



Keep the tag because it serves a useful purpose! (Please explain that purpose in a comment or separate answer.)

Please vote on yes/no just by upvoting on the answer you agree with.

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    $\begingroup$ Questions above pseudocode conventions (half the questions in your list) are legitimate (in my view). $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2018 at 20:40
  • $\begingroup$ I think this tag would have the same usage as the c, c++, java, python, etc. That is, more of a heuristic to detect bad posts than an actual tag, with a few questions being on-topic. Given that that has been decided to be the function of those tags, it seems natural to extend it to this tag. $\endgroup$
    – Discrete lizard Mod
    Commented Apr 22, 2018 at 12:24
  • $\begingroup$ This is very good reason to keep it as honey pot, but how many "not real" tags should be kept? Since the pseudocode is preffered notation here, I think it may confuse people and will result in using it to show there is some kind of pseudocode present (pure conjecture, I have no data about it), the false positives of honey pot will in turn give more work to check it. $\endgroup$
    – Evil
    Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 16:38
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    $\begingroup$ I find the "honeypot" idea very dubious. Also with no data, my suspicion is that finding a tag for questions about X encourages new posters to believe that X is on-topic. The review process already seems fairly efficient at closing down the off-topic questions so I'm not seeing the benefit of having a tag that's effectively "Off-topic questions that will be auto-deleted after 30 days." The meta thread linked by Discrete lizard is probably the place to discuss this, rather than here. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 27, 2018 at 16:49

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