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It did happen on SO, SU and SF: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags/.

So shall we follow? is the most used tag here...

Update: Done. No more and .

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    $\begingroup$ I also did removed "introductory" and "layman" tags. These meta tags are now synonyms for "beginner", so we just need to delete the "beginner" tag every now and again. $\endgroup$ – csgillespie Aug 9 '10 at 10:41
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I tend to agree with Jeff. Some of the posts tagged "beginner" are not exactly easy questions. Tagging is most useful when you want to search for answers on a particular topic. Anyone searching "beginner" is not going to find the results very useful.

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  • $\begingroup$ I agree; it was mainly useful as a title supplement rather than a search query. $\endgroup$ – user88 Aug 7 '10 at 13:18
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I am not in favor of a "beginner" tag (nor an "advanced" or "intermediate" tag for that matter). I think the use will be inconsistent--some people, perhaps new users might use the tag as a shorthand for "pardon my ignorance, but...." while the same question by someone who has an active history on this Site is probably not interested in seeing their tag profile with a whole bunch of beginner tags and so they stay away from them--likewise, for answering them.

Aside from that, some of the best answers i've seen on this Site are to questions that were or should have been tagged 'beginner'--the OP might have been a beginner, but clearly it was not a beginner who answered it. So why have a tag attached to that thread that is a synonym for "easy?"

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