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The only benefit I could see for this tag is that it would help make off-topic questions easier to identify and close/migrate. Why not just a "close-me" or "bad-question" tag?

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I agree. Of the five questions filed under , only one is open (with three close votes). Questions that do not qualify for are most likely offtopic. Therefore, the tag should be shot on sight.

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  • $\begingroup$ Wow, have you read the tag description for programming? It basically says "programming is off-topic here". Am I the only one who got a chuckle, or is Kaveh or Gilles or somebody making gag tags? Is it you? $\endgroup$ – Patrick87 Apr 24 '12 at 21:18
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    $\begingroup$ @Patrick87: It was Kaveh. It might actually be a good idea to fend off offtopic question if people who want to use the tag are hit by the excerpt. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Apr 24 '12 at 21:32
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    $\begingroup$ The tag will naturally go away when the questions in this tag are deleted. $\endgroup$ – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Apr 24 '12 at 23:16

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