The software tag is currently applied to 36 questions.

As far as I can tell, this tag has little meaning and no usefulness--practically any question could be tagged with it--so I am thinking one of the moderators should delete it from the site.

Am I wrong? What are the arguments for keeping it?

I recommend also reviewing a related discussion at Tag synonym proposal - software and free related tags

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    Good question! Some of those tags are obviously useless, but in other cases they appear to be applied by people looking for special-purpose software.
    – whuber
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 15:10
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    I wonder if sometimes people use it when they really mean off-the-shelf software. Maybe we need a COTS tag? Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 14:08
  • Maybe "software-request", for someone wanting to get input on which software package to use?
    – til_b
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 9:53
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    @til_b I think "software-request" could be confused with "software-enhancement" or "enhancement-request" so perhaps "software-choice" or "software-advice" might be useful for some people but I'm loathe to second guess. Overall, I'm still thinking we should simply delete "software" as an available tag.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 11:22
  • I think this general tag can be used by those new users who can not create new tags. They might want to tag the question with some specific software tags (maybe not commonly used), but they are just not available. The same goes for tag 'tools', and it has more questions tagged.
    – mfdev
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 11:37
  • @Mingfeng Rather than use such a generic tag that can be applied to just about any question my recommendation would be to wait and create the rare tag once the required reputation has been achieved.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 11:42

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Just to give this proposal an actual answer, I would like to remark that the comment thread to the question contains multiple arguments against it and some suggestions for alternatives, but it appears nobody else has stepped up in support of the proposal. My interpretation is that the community does not approve the proposal.


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