# A Modest Proposal: the [popularity-contest] tag

Over at this question, the OP doesn't want to use an objective winning criterion like code brevity, but instead wants to accept the highest-voted answer. To me, that smells like a popularity contest.

Personally, those two examples above are reason enough for me to never post a popularity contest. However, if someone should, against their better judgement, feel that such a contest has value, a [popularity-contest] tag would suffice to caution serious coders to stay away. It'd be like Parental Advisory, except in this case it's not a content-free advisory. :-)

On a similar train of thought: should popularity-contest questions be "strongly encouraged" to be community-wiki'd?

• whats the thinking behind making them community-wiki?
– vzn
Mar 25 '14 at 3:00
• @vzn You have to remember that I wrote this post in the very early stages of this site's life, when popularity contests were not welcome on the site (since they are non-objective). I still personally dislike them, but the community seemed to have become more accepting in the years since. Mar 25 '14 at 3:03