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I've been looking through all the tags that have posts (most having posts this year). There are very many that are automatically off-topic and more that it would be hard to make an on-topic post for. I counted 62 off-topic or probably off-topic tags.

  adsense
  advanced-custom-fields
  amazon
  android
  apache
  bbpress
  bug
  cloudflare
  disqus
  e-commerce
  facebook
  feedburner
  flickr
  genesis-theme-framework
  google
  google-docs
  google-search
  hosting-recommendation
  microsoft
  nginx
  php.ini
  phpmyadmin
  plugin-all-in-one-seo
  plugin-cforms
  plugin-contact-form-7
  plugin-event-organiser
  plugin-events-calendar
  plugin-gravity-forms
  plugin-jetpack
  plugin-list-category-post
  plugin-magic-fields
  plugin-mailchimp
  plugin-mathjax
  plugin-nextgen-gallery
  plugin-ninja-forms
  plugin-option-tree
  plugin-polylang
  plugin-posts-to-posts
  plugin-recommendation
  plugin-simple-fields
  plugin-w3-total-cache
  plugin-wp-e-commerce
  plugin-wp-pagenavi
  plugin-wp-postratings
  plugin-wp-seo-yoast
  plugin-wp-supercache
  plugin-wpml
  plugin-wptouch
  pods-framework
  stackoverflow
  the-events-calendar
  theme-p2
  theme-thesis
  third-party-applications
  twitter
  twitter-bootstrap
  vimeo
  virus
  woocommerce
  wordpress.com-hosting
  wpalchemy
  youtube

I can see the argument against removing them (they'll just get made again) but that doesn't help the confusion.

The only suggestion I have is to prefix all or most of these with OFF-TOPIC-.

Does anyone have any better suggestions? Surely we can do better?

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    wordpress.com-hosting was actually a deliberate rename as people were using it unaware that .com and .org aren't the same thing, their Q had nothing to do with wordpress.com, I'd also question that all those tags are offtopic, e.g. nginx, apache, stackoverflow. Also some users use these tags to find offtopic questions – Tom J Nowell Apr 7 at 14:49
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A tag is serving two purposes: finding content and hiding content. And the latter is what prevents us from deleting or merging tags. Many users have blocked for example the tag woocommerce, because they are annoyed by those questions. If we remove the tag, their question list will suddenly get polluted with that again.

Also note that it's not the tag what makes a question off-topic, it's the content. Sometimes you can answer a question that was about a certain plugin in a more general way. That's rare, I admit that. But we should always look out for those opportunities.

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The problem here is that any user with a particular level of reputation can recreate the tags, so deleting them does not work. We've tried in the past, in particular with the WooCommerce tag, and it gets recreated.

We've also tried updating the description of tags to state that the subject is offtopic.

It's also possible to tag something but still be on topic.

For example:

WooCommerce has this filter, but I don't understand how filters worked

Such a question might be answerable without needing WooCommerce specific knowledge by just giving a brief explainer of how filters work

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