We already asked this question on a tag for misbehaviors, but the tag would only apply to popularity contests where the misbehavior wasn't easily seen (see: ). However, there are quite a few contests that are involving errors as the full purpose of the challenge, not just as a slight of hand. I have compiled a short list below for examples:

These all need a tag to specify that they relate to errors and/or exceptions. I suggest that we make an tag.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Why do they need a tag? They seem to have virtually nothing in common except for a keyword which would allow them to be found easily with the search functionality. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 13 '17 at 20:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PeterTaylor Because they have to do with the generation of errors in order to come to some goal? That's like saying we should burninate "number" because they're all unrelated in terms of algorithm or end goal. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 13 '17 at 20:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't think even that vague description covers the second and fourth questions in the list. And fwiw: I have no objection to burninating number, which IMO is a useless tag. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 14 '17 at 7:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ Generation of errors is still output. We don't need a tag to distinguish between STDOUT and STDERR. \$\endgroup\$
    – mbomb007
    Feb 14 '17 at 14:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mbomb007 That's not the only distinction. Any form of error generation to achieve some goal (see: generating an exit code, generating a specific kind of error, etc.). \$\endgroup\$ Feb 14 '17 at 15:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ I know, but it's all output. \$\endgroup\$
    – mbomb007
    Feb 14 '17 at 15:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mbomb007 But if we're not distinguishing between different causes of output, there's no reason to have any tags unrelated to winning criteria. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 14 '17 at 15:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't think there are enough cases where it'd be significantly interesting to use errors instead of not using them. \$\endgroup\$
    – mbomb007
    Feb 14 '17 at 15:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mbomb007 This is relating to challenges, not answers, so I don't see the applicability of that comment to tags. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 14 '17 at 15:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ There are few reasons to create a challenge using errors instead of not using them. >.> \$\endgroup\$
    – mbomb007
    Feb 14 '17 at 16:14

We now have the tag, which covers this in a much more objective way than


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