About a year ago, Jeff Atwood wrote a blog post titled The Death of Meta Tags. In it, he wrote:
From this point on, meta-tagging is explicitly discouraged.
How can you tell you’re using a meta-tag? It’s easier than you might think.
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
[best-practices], are useless by themselves — they tell you nothing at all about the content of the question.
If the tag commonly means different things to different people, it’s probably a meta-tag. In a cruel, ironic twist, the meaning of the tag
[subjective] itself … is actually subjective. Ditto for
[beginner]. Best practices to whom? Beginner by what criteria? These tags are impossible to define by anything remotely resembling an objective metric. In comparison, the meaning of tags like
This is now policy for all SE sites, and consequently, I'm about to blow away the tags help-a-mathematician and reference-request. Please help the site out by not recreating them, okay? Thanks!
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