It's maybe a little bit early to ask that question, but it can occur, that questions are asked, which are off-topic, and a tag is created therefore. Example: How could Aang stay alive for 100 years? .

As discussed in the question, avatar is not topic of AaM, hence the question is closed. But what should happen to these tags? If I see the tag, I think "Hey, there's a tag for it, so I can ask!". Should be anything done about wrong/off-topic tags?

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Ideally, an off-topic question should later be deleted. Once it is deleted, the tag becomes orphaned and will soon after be removed by the system.

  • Just wondering, how long does it usually take for the unused tags to be deleted? Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 18:23
  • @SingerOfTheFall I believe the script runs nightly, but don't quote me on that. Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 18:26
  • ok, thanks ;) I was just curious Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 18:35

I don't think it is a problem, though I can see your point.

I doubt that the presence of a tag will force people to use it. Think about it, what does one do when he wants to ask a question? First of all, he tries to search for if the question already exists. Lets assume it doesn't. Now, one will press "ask question" button. After that he creates a title, writes the question itself, and only then he goes to the tags. DO you really think that after doing all that the absence of the tag in auto-completion list is going to stop him? Unlikely.

I personally agree with the point expressed in this answer on meta.math. It states that there is a tagging problem only if the tags are inaccurate, while if the tags are accurate, there is no problem, no matter if the tags (and the question itself) are on-topic or not.

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