A lot of people ask questions regarding tricky integrals or limits, and they simply get tagged calculus limit, or calculus integral.

Actually what's happening is we're forming a nice bank of tricky questions, often with good solutions.

If we tagged tricky questions with tricky-questions then we could easily look through the repository for some nice credit-free problem set exercises (that have solutions!)

  • $\begingroup$ Downvoters, care to voice your opinions via the "comment" feature? $\endgroup$
    – bobobobo
    Jun 1, 2011 at 21:04
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    $\begingroup$ I personally don't see an actual sense to use this tag, moreover how users should know that this is a tricky question, and not a simple question or an open problem. In fact, I see a lot of newcomers abusing this tag, and a whole lot of unnecessary retagging in the process. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 1, 2011 at 21:36
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    $\begingroup$ One problem is that it is completely subjective. What one person may find "Tricky" another may not. How do we know if a question is "Tricky"? What does that even mean? I believe the current tags try to be as concrete as possible. $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2011 at 23:58
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    $\begingroup$ I already suffer much when I see people asking questions with titles like "difficult question about..." or "easy question on...". Please don't! :) $\endgroup$ Jun 2, 2011 at 3:29
  • $\begingroup$ Moreover, it's a meta tag (like e.g. "soft question"), and meta tags are generally discouraged. $\endgroup$ Jun 2, 2011 at 19:20
  • $\begingroup$ I agree with @Eric, that it is subjective. What about tagging with exercise? $\endgroup$
    – bobobobo
    Jul 9, 2011 at 14:37

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This is almost the very definition of a meta-tag, so ... no.


Almost all the arguments against any meta-tag tag apply to this proposed tag as well.

I think the [subjective] tag is useless at best and actively harmful at worst.

Useless, because for all the talk about filtering by or filtering out subjective questions using that tag, it’s a poor tool for the job simply because the criteria for its use are, well, subjective. I can tell you what a poll is, or a FAQ, or a list, or a getting-to-know-you (GTKY) question… But where the border lies for subjective I cannot say.

And harmful, because there are some users who actually believe that, like community wiki, it’s some sort of magic that allows you to ignore the normal posting standards.

It’s been used pejoratively and defensively, without any real consistency, for a long long time now. Time to go.


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