Speak now if you want to defend the tag. I believe it to be a meta-tag that:

  • does not "describe the content of the question"
  • can't work as the only tag on a question
  • commonly means different things to different people

I will be retagging the existing 57 questions; some of them really aim at ; others are about hardware failure; and many are just about some-other-failure-that-needs-to-be-described.

After the tag is cleared out, I believe the tag should be blacklisted.

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    I'm not sure "meta-tag" is the word I'd use. But it certainly doesn't convey much information, because it's very common to ask about something that's failed. I imagine "network failure" might be mildly interesting to me as a search term... hmm. It might be more accurate to say I like "network troubleshooting". What do we think about the existence of the "troubleshooting" tag? At least it excludes the ambiguity with "return-status".
    – sourcejedi
    Commented Sep 4, 2017 at 20:07
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    Failures of some sort are what the whole site's about -- failure of expectations or of software or of hardware. I think that "troubleshooting" smells like a meta tag. Ah! here's a previous meta discussion of some meta tags
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 1:04

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I agree with your logic and IMO it should be removed.

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    I have just finished un-tagging questions; failure is now empty. Please blacklist it. Thank you!
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 0:43
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    @JeffSchaller moderators can't blacklist. Only devs/CM's
    – Braiam
    Commented Sep 9, 2017 at 22:43
  • Thanks, Braiam! I am still bookmarking various meta posts to remind me how this site works. @slm, according to this, someone needs to flag this post for moderator attention, or contact the devs personally. I have a cool, refreshing beverage at the ready, so let me know if I should reach out or if you already have. Thanks!
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Commented Sep 10, 2017 at 2:55

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