This is an appeal to users with the privilege to retag questions, i.e., everyone with a reputation of 500 or more.

Questions that reach our site via migration from stackoverflow.com will almost invariably feature the tag. Some of those questions will receive answers, while others will be closed as duplicates. However, the tag should be removed without exception, because even a closed question featuring this tag allows users to apply to new questions which is Not A Good Thing.

Bottom line: If you spot the tag, remove it (and add appropriate tags instead).


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I added an intrinsic tag of


Intrinsic tags are considered "ambient" tags that exist on every question by dint of the site topic. These tags are auto-removed on migration to a target site, but also used as a test of suitability prior to the migration, e.g. if the question on the source site does not contain at least one tag in common with the destination site including intrinsic tags then the migration is disallowed.

  • Does that make these tags unavailable on the site? If so, it did not work.
    – Caramdir
    Mar 9, 2011 at 22:35
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    @caramdir no, it does not Mar 9, 2011 at 22:39

As Hendrik says, any tag that does not exist here should be removed automatically. However, it seems like Igor recreated on this question shortly before the question Hendrik mentions was merged and the tag wasn't yet completely removed from the database (indeed it is still available now; does anyone know how long it usually takes until a tag becomes unavailable?).

Maybe we should ask for the to be completely blocked (this is possible, as far as I know).

  • Thanks for shedding light on this.
    – lockstep
    Mar 8, 2011 at 19:23

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