How can you tell you’re using a meta-tag? It’s easier than you might
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 [beginner], [subjective],
and [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 [best-practices] and [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 the meaning of tags like [java], [c#], and