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via Zach Lipton in chat:


why does the travel tag exist?
wouldn't that apply to every question here?

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    Weird, there aren't any questions tagged with it. How does it exist? I say burn it – user568458 Aug 18 '16 at 14:02
  • @user568458 that's because they cleaned up the questions – blackbird Aug 18 '16 at 17:59
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    It's not broad enough. I recommend replacing it with [stuff]. – hippietrail Aug 19 '16 at 6:07
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    @hippietrail Please make this an answer so that we can have a competition for getting the most downvotes. – Revetahw Aug 19 '16 at 9:42
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    @Fiksdal: I would but I realized it might still not be broad enough since I expect "stuff" only covers matter and not anti-matter. Maybe I should ask a factoid question to identify a term which covers both matter and antimatter. – hippietrail Aug 19 '16 at 10:03
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    @hippietrail Great idea. – Revetahw Aug 19 '16 at 10:08
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    Didn't see this earlier. Yeah I went through and removed the four questions or so that were tagged "travel" so that it could be auto-deleted. Since people seem to still be trying to use it a bunch, I agree it should be burned. – Zach Lipton Aug 19 '16 at 20:47
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The tag already has zero questions (and strangely, two followers).

This tag is uselessly broad on a site which is about travel. It should be blacklisted so that it cannot be used in the future.

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    It had about five questions from within the past few months before I removed them the other day. People are going to keep using it unless we blacklist it. Is that something the mods can arrange? – Zach Lipton Aug 20 '16 at 19:02
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    The moderators can contact the community team to have it blacklisted. – Michael Hampton Aug 20 '16 at 19:18
  • I just removed this tag from three questions that had it. What is the process for having the tag blacklisted? – Ari Brodsky Dec 18 '17 at 9:07
  • @AriBrodsky A moderator must ask the community team to have it blacklisted. – Michael Hampton Dec 18 '17 at 16:12
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The tag is too generic and broad. It doesn't categorise the question into a defined scope. It adds no relevant information whatsoever. Therefore, it should be burned with flames so tall as to make it an example for all other similarly useless generic tags.

  • You are correct. We need to more precise tags in place of this poorly thought out one. For the first we need a good word meaning "too generic but not broad enough" and the second meaning "not generic enough and also too broad". – hippietrail Aug 20 '16 at 5:33
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No, it is way too narrow because some questions are not about in the strict sense, but are vaguely travel related. It should be replaced with the tag.

As a bonus, it is not only more general, but also a meta tag that we love so much.

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    Giving credit where credit is due: this answer was inspired by the comment of @hippietrail – Some wandering yeti Aug 20 '16 at 13:21
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    I sense you have entered the downvote competition. +1 from me. (Strategic upvoting.) – Revetahw Aug 20 '16 at 13:43
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    @Fiksdal: no hard feeling. I've upvoted your answer for the same reason. – Some wandering yeti Aug 20 '16 at 13:45
  • I should have guessed that you were that strategic. And thanks for officially confirming your entry into the competition :) – Revetahw Aug 20 '16 at 13:48
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    @Fiksdal As a gesture of goodwill, I've given each of you a downvote. – reirab Aug 25 '16 at 16:10
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    @reirab Awesome. :) – Revetahw Aug 25 '16 at 17:12
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    It seems we should incarnate at least one tag specific for questions with a tenuous relationship to travel. Your word choice vaguely-travel-related should work fine! – hippietrail Aug 26 '16 at 2:41
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As Zach said in the chat:

If we all work hard, we can work together to add it to all the questions.

It's necessary, IMO.

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    We will reconsider it after you successfully get the necessary [programming] tag added to all questions on Stack Overflow. – hippietrail Aug 19 '16 at 6:08
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    @Ulkoma Thank you. I'm massively ahead of hippietrail, he/she hasn't even submitted his/her stuff suggestion yet. – Revetahw Aug 19 '16 at 18:03
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    +1 Getting all the questions tagged "travel" would be a huge team effort we can all collaborate on, which would be a great boost for site morale. And think how useful it will be: people who don't look at the URL or the site logo will still know this is a travel site. – Zach Lipton Aug 19 '16 at 20:48
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    @ZachLipton LMAO. Totally agree. And thanks for the upvote! I was about to say "Noooooooo!" because it will reduce my chances of winning the downvote competition with Hippietrail, but it looks like he/she has chickened out anyway and it looks like I will win on walkover :). – Revetahw Aug 19 '16 at 20:55
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    @Bernhard Clearly, lots of less useful tags will now have to be removed from questions . We have to make room for tags like travel, stuff and matter+antimatter. – Revetahw Aug 20 '16 at 5:11
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    things is obviously missing in this hierarchy. It belongs right between travel and stuff. This will get us close to solving Bernhard's well-identified problem as there will now be four worthy tags to put on all questions. Obviously you can now see what the next problem is. But I have the perfect solution for that too. The questions tag! – hippietrail Aug 20 '16 at 5:30
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    @hippietrail Excellent, we now have four perfect tags for all questions. travel, stuff, things, and questions. – Revetahw Aug 20 '16 at 5:37
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    Five! Tag matter+antimatter. I do realize it's currently our second ugliest second most poorly worded tag, but we'll come up with a better tag name later. – hippietrail Aug 20 '16 at 5:48
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    @hippietrail Thanks. Splendid glory awaits us. And I also have to go to Ask Ubuntu and add linux to all the questions there. – Revetahw Aug 20 '16 at 5:57
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    My favourite kind of glory! Bring it on! I shall commence working on my speech. – hippietrail Aug 20 '16 at 6:08
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    We must be careful though. Some off-topic questions here are not actually about travel. These questions should, of course, never be tagged travel. – Zach Lipton Aug 21 '16 at 7:52
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    Just when I thought our improvements were complete I find I now have to propose non-travel to bring the new system to a state of perfection. – hippietrail Aug 22 '16 at 5:36
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    @Fiksdal: hi! – hippietrail Aug 26 '16 at 7:42
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    @Fiksdal travel, stuff, things and questions don't cover everything. We need concepts, too. – David Richerby Aug 27 '16 at 11:47
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    @DavidRicherby We're getting up to a lot of different tags here, but maybe it's OK. concepts seems useful. It can remind readers and OP that the question involves concepts. I've also recently conceived of a tag that should be called human-travelers, to be used whenever the person traveling is human. – Revetahw Aug 27 '16 at 11:51

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