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I always disliked the conspiracy theories tag. First of all, it's a meta-tag but secondly, it's pejorative and slanted. As Neil deGrasse Tyson put it so well on Twitter,

Conspiracy theorists are those who claim coverups whenever insufficient data exists to support what they're sure is true.

I remove it when I see it, but at least five questions are still tagged with it and it's likely that it's a tag we'll see reused in the future.

Jeff, could you just blacklist it, please?

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Agreed on all counts -- it is removed.

(not blacklisting it let unless it comes back to life like a zombie..)

  • It did ;) though I am not sure if there's a reason to remove it – user288 Apr 20 '11 at 8:23
  • @jeff: It did came back and I've made it a synonym of untagged. Same goes for myth and urban-legend... – Sklivvz Apr 21 '11 at 5:52
  • @skl I don't really support this; you've created a honeypot since the tags exist (as synonyms) they are inviting users to use them and then getting beaned with "untagged" is very close to editoralizing. This is not something I am comfortable with; you should open this as a meta topic for discussion. – Jeff Atwood Apr 21 '11 at 6:22
  • I'm perfectly happy to simply undo that. It was suggested in TL and I thought it was the correct handling... Sorry about that. – Sklivvz Apr 21 '11 at 6:41
  • @skl I am open to blacklisting the tags if they are recurring problems. – Jeff Atwood Apr 21 '11 at 6:58
  • @jef both conspiracy-theories and urban-legends keep on coming back. Could you blacklist them, please? – Sklivvz May 1 '11 at 10:21
  • @skl this is now done – Jeff Atwood May 8 '11 at 22:50
  • @JeffAtwood Could you please remove/blacklist the [conspiracy] tag? It keeps on coming back (skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/conspiracy) – Sklivvz Sep 22 '11 at 9:58
  • @Sklivvz ok, I added ^conspiracy to the tag blacklist, so any tag beginning with conspiracy is no longer allowed. – Jeff Atwood Sep 22 '11 at 13:12
  • @JeffAtwood Ta, RegExes ftw. – Sklivvz Sep 22 '11 at 14:22
  • So why do questions remain with this tag? – ripper234 Jan 14 '12 at 8:08
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    @ripper I just removed all conspiracy tags, I guess some predated the blacklist addition – Jeff Atwood Jan 14 '12 at 17:33

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