Ah, the old topic again. First, and were forbidden, then they were allowed again. I think that over more and more questions, different things came up, whether such tags should be used, or not. Currently, the tags and aren't used. Should be used? Or should questions like this be edited?

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Currently, the tags and are blacklisted. They were blacklisted because they are meta-tags. So it's not really a case of "they aren't used", but rather a case of "they can't be used".

Regarding the tag, I think they should not be allowed either, since they are as much of a meta-tag as the other two.

Either that, or they should all be allowed. But I think blacklisting is the way to go.

  • How can I see, whether a tag is blacklisted? I don't want to write a fake-question just to try it out. In the worst case, I find a tag that isn't blacklisted.
    – looper
    May 22, 2013 at 10:54
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    You will see it when you try to use the tag. You don't even need to submit a question. If you type "anime" on the tag field, you'll see a message saying that that tag cannot be used.
    – JNat StaffMod
    May 22, 2013 at 11:01
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    No, turns out you'll need to hit the submit button. So I guess there's no other way for you to know whether a tag is blacklisted or not.
    – JNat StaffMod
    May 22, 2013 at 11:03
  • +1 for blacklisting the "medium" meta-tags.
    – Cattua
    May 22, 2013 at 17:26
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    It's probably easier to delete the tag than it is to blacklist it. Blacklisting requires SE to get involved and is typically only used when a tag is deleted and recreated several times.
    – Logan M
    May 22, 2013 at 17:31
  • I wonder: If I want to ask a question in general, which tag should I used, when visual-novel is blacklisted?
    – looper
    May 22, 2013 at 18:18
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    @looper I'd suggest we create a visual-novel-production tag to take care of questions about production of visual novels. For other sorts of general questions, I think they typically fall into one of the existing tags.
    – Logan M
    May 22, 2013 at 19:44

There wasn't any opposition voiced to deleting the tag, so I removed it from the 8 questions which had it. The tag itself will disappear in the near future since there aren't any questions tagged with it anymore.

If the tag continues to be recreated and used in the future, it might be worth blacklisting, but I don't think it's a big enough problem right now to necessitate it.

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