golfing-language has 7 5 questions and 0 followers.

From its wiki, it is:

For questions regarding languages for golfing.

This tag is for questions regarding choice of programming language for golfing. It can be used for help with creation of a new language, or for tips regarding choice of language, or for anything else regarding golfing languages.

This is not on topic on the main site.

Of its 7 5 questions:

  • all 5 are closed / on hold

  • all 5 have at least one other tag, and is completely superfluous

This tag doesn't seem to hold any value, and actively harms the quality of the site by encouraging off-topic questions.

What should be done with it? If you can't tell, I think it should be burninated.

  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ Why bother, when we didn't even retire the tag 1p5? It has "encouraged" off-topic question at least once, which I wasn't sure why the OP thought it's a good idea using it. I really don't think those tags can encourage anything, as most users aren't even aware of their existence. But the question askers thought they are relevant after writing the question. \$\endgroup\$
    – jimmy23013
    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ @jimmy23013 1p5 seems to be on topic, like a tag about project euler \$\endgroup\$
    – cat
    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ So do you think the remaining two questions not closed are also off-topic? \$\endgroup\$
    – jimmy23013
    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ @jimmy23013 I don't follow what relevance 1p5 has, but yes, I noted in the second bullet (as did Mego's answer) they're not good, on topic questions \$\endgroup\$
    – cat
    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ @jimmy23013 I didn't even know we had a 1p5 tag. Might post a burninate request for that later. Seems like a useless meta tag to me. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 1, 2016 at 14:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinBüttner status-completed \$\endgroup\$
    – cat
    Mar 2, 2016 at 4:45

1 Answer 1


Yes, let's retire it


  • It encourages off-topic questions (How do I use X golfing language?, Which of X, Y, Z golfing languages should I use?, How does feature Y work in X golfing language?).
  • We never use it.
  • Its presence supports the stratification of languages into "golfing" and "non-golfing", which is unfair to both sides (any language can be used, keeping in mind our usual caveats, and segregating the languages designed for code golf perpetuates the discrimination against them).

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