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Do we really need the tag ?

The description of the tag says

Use for basic, fundamental questions about AI theory or practice. (i.e. design, application, implementation, mathematics of AI, philosophy of AI, etc.)

Do we really need to distinguish between a basic question and a non-basic one? What exactly is a basic question? What is a non-basic one?

In my opinion, the tag is superfluous, ambiguous and subjective, so it should not exist. There are already the tags , , , , and , which cover everything convered by .

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  • $\begingroup$ I set up that tag with the idea contributors could search for questions with that tag, and scoop up some easy rep by answering. That said, I'm not sure it's had the desired effect, so I have no objections to deleting it... $\endgroup$
    – DukeZhou Mod
    Oct 13 '19 at 23:11
  • $\begingroup$ @DukeZhou What happens to the questions tagged (only) with ai-basics, if you delete it? $\endgroup$
    – nbro Mod
    Oct 14 '19 at 17:53
  • $\begingroup$ Not sure what the result would be. (Pinged the Mod chat but no info as yet.) Possibly we should run a test with a temp tag... $\endgroup$
    – DukeZhou Mod
    Oct 14 '19 at 20:22
  • $\begingroup$ Been suggested it will just be marked as "untagged" (apparently this is a mechanism for migrated questions where the target site does't have the tags from the original site.) $\endgroup$
    – DukeZhou Mod
    Oct 14 '19 at 20:28
  • $\begingroup$ @DukeZhou Maybe there is a way of determining which questions have been tagged only with ai-basics, then we could modify them and tag them with more appropriate and specific tags. $\endgroup$
    – nbro Mod
    Oct 15 '19 at 14:49
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    $\begingroup$ I was thinking the same thing. There were only a few, which I've re-tagged. However, looks like a deletion campaign is the only way to get the tag out of the system, so looks like it needs to be removed from all questions (system will then auto-delete after 24 hours.) I've started in on this. $\endgroup$
    – DukeZhou Mod
    Oct 15 '19 at 19:22
  • $\begingroup$ @DukeZhou I've checked only once, but it seems to me that there was just another question (apart from the ones you already edited) tagged only with ai-basics, but I've already edited it. Maybe you can double-check. $\endgroup$
    – nbro Mod
    Oct 15 '19 at 20:07
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    $\begingroup$ Don't seem to be any single tag instances left. I'm thinking we should spread the deletion campaign out over about a week, to avoid over-spamming the feed with old questions. $\endgroup$
    – DukeZhou Mod
    Oct 15 '19 at 20:11

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