After the recent change to the scope & FAQ of this stack, should the associated tags possibly be removed as well?
- plugin-recommendation (478 questions)
- theme-recommendation (19 questions)
- hosting-recommendation (5 questions)
This mostly concerns the first one I guess, since most shopping questions asked in the past as well as nowadays are for plugins, but theoretically whatever might be decided will apply to the other two as well.
On the one hand, these are valid tags, since the topics used to be within the scope of WPSE and most of those 502 questions were asked before the update to the FAQ/scope. However, their existence doesn't exactly discourage new users that might not have read the FAQ from asking such a question.
Sure, the tag wiki for all three has been updated to
Plugin recommendations are off topic now. See the FAQ.
If I type "plu" into the tag input below the editor, the third offered autocomplete is plugin-recommendation. Yes, the wiki entry is shown right below it and hence should discourage its use and should make a user about to ask such a question stop in his or her tracks, but reality shows that that is not always the case. Way too often it isn't. I'm guessing here, but in most cases I'd assume that's not because users tend to ignore the fact, it's because the tag is self-explanatory and the wiki entry not being read.
And since one of the motivations of removing it from the scope is the nature of answers to these questions being outdated relatively quickly, I wonder whether keeping the tag for the sake of existing questions is really a necessity.
I'm not saying that removal would be technically feasible (I don't know - would it be in the first place?), but if so, it might be better in the long run to not have them at all. I would certainly think so, as of right now (hence the question).