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We carried the future, books and the trends tag out of the private beta. I believe we should eradicate them quickly before they grab hold, as they seem to be vehicles for list questions. Currently, I only see one question under books that hasn't been closed. Trends has only one occurrence, that one together with future, which in itself sounds like a pretty meaningless tag. Just try and come up with a wiki description for it and you'll know what I mean

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Close votes needed:

Not Constructive: How can I start learning robotics?

Off Topic: Is there a place for posting "look at what I did" videos?

If we can get them closed, that would solve our problems.


Detagging: Mathematical prerequisites for beginning graduate student in robotics (done), Robotics Trends (done)

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Once they have been cleansed, can they not be blacklisted?

Questions such as "What book..." have no place on any SE site, and the books tag should be blocked.

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Sometimes, references to books is the ANSWER but should never be the QUESTION

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure "What book ..." questions are off topic per se, as books already do come up in answers (e.g. Thrun's "Probabilistic Robotics" has been mentioned already). I can imagine a few sensible questions that would ask about a specific book, but I also think the research tag is adequate to cover those $\endgroup$ – ThomasH Nov 26 '12 at 23:12
  • $\begingroup$ Tag blacklisting is generally for very serious cases when tags keep popping up. And question input blacklisting is also iffy (false positives/etc). Additionally, we may want to allow some types of Book questions, as long as they are specific to the topic and level (Physics does). $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Nov 27 '12 at 9:02

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