The tag was recently added to a whole bunch of questions. This tag clearly describes the form of what the question is asking for rather than the subject-matter of the question. That's not what tags are supposed to be for, and not what they're generally for.

Here's what our "Tags" page says tags are for:

A tag is a keyword or label that categorizes your question with other, similar questions. Using the right tags makes it easier for others to find and answer your question.

Here's what the "What are tags, and how should I use them?" page in our Help Center says:

A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of connecting experts with questions they will be able to answer by sorting questions into specific, well-defined categories.

Tags can also be used to help you identify questions that are interesting or relevant to you.


Do not use meta-tags in questions. Here are some tips to help you determine whether a tag is a meta-tag:

  • If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’s probably a meta-tag. Every tag you use should be able to work, more or less, as the only tag on a question. Meta-tags, like [beginner], [subjective], and [best-practices], are not helpful by themselves – they do not communicate anything about the content of the question.

  • If the tag commonly means different things to different people, it’s probably a meta-tag. For example, the meaning of the tag [subjective] is, itself, subjective; the same is true for tags like [best-practices] and [beginner]. Best practices to whom? Beginner by what criteria? Use only tags that have a broadly accepted, objective definition.

The tag clearly:

  • Does not categorize a question with other, [meaningfully] similar questions.

  • Does not describe the topic of the question.

  • Does not help connect experts with questions they'll be able to answer, as there's no such thing as an expert on Jewish lists.

  • Cannot work as the only tag on a question.

  • Does not communicate anything about the content of the question.

Can we please remove this tag?

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    related meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/959/759
    – Double AA Mod
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:16
  • I think the tag could be appropriate for a question like "Are you allowed to list the books of Tanakh? I heard it was forbidden". Such a question indeed asks about listing things. I don't know if any of the current questions are of this type, fwiw.
    – Double AA Mod
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:22
  • @DoubleAA formally, perhaps, but is there likely to be anyone out there who's particularly interested in the topic of lists in Judaism?
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:23
  • Perhaps. A priori we don't know. That's why we just make tags when we get enough q's of a certain type. If somebody is writing their PhD about that, and uses us as a resource by asking lots of questions, then we should have a tag. Again, I don't think we're at that stage yet.
    – Double AA Mod
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:24
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    @DoubleAA, I think we're entitled to use our judgement as a community of experts about Judaism, generally.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:26
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    I don't see the value of it either; it feels very much like a meta tag. Feb 1, 2016 at 20:46
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    Tangent, for future taggers: please don't flood the front page with a pervasive change like that. It pushes other recently-asked (or recently-active) questions out of view before they've had a chance to be seen. Yes there are other ways to see them, but as a kindness to people looking for answers to new questions, let's try to keep edits like this down to ~10 at a time, ok? Feb 1, 2016 at 20:48
  • @MonicaCellio, I think that guidance deserves its own post.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:50
  • @IsaacMoses yeah, was trying to figure out where to put it (it's not really a question, though I guess I could cast it as one), and I haven't searched meta yet to see if it's come up before. Meanwhile, I figure a comment here is better than nothing. I'll try to improve on that, b"n. Feb 1, 2016 at 20:53
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    @MonicaCellio "Meta is different." :)
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:53
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    @MonicaCellio I think your tangent would be better placed as a ping to the recent offender on one of the posts he just blitzkreiged the front pages with. Feb 2, 2016 at 4:04
  • @IsaacMoses I've wondered occasionally why the product-recommendation tag isn't a meta tag. Are there experts on Jewish products out there who would be perusing that tag? Feb 2, 2016 at 4:13
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    @IsaacMoses How is this different from sources-mekorot?
    – Double AA Mod
    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:13
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    @yEz ברוך שכוונת chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/18140932#18140932
    – Double AA Mod
    Feb 3, 2016 at 6:39

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This has been effected. All instances of have been removed (by Shog9; thanks!).

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