The first off-topic close reason is

Questions asking for game recommendations are off-topic.

but we still have the tag. I know that the tag description says that these kind of questions are "generally deprecated" on the site, but as we all know, users don't read. Plus, "generally deprecated" doesn't mean "completely off-topic". The existence of this tag encourages people to ask these questions.

In addition, it is a meta tag, which we should avoid. It describes the question itself, not the quality of the question.

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I agree that this tag should go away. Most of the questions thus tagged are closed, which is a hint.

Before we nuke it, though, we need to make sure that the affected questions will still end up with appropriate tags. About half of these questions have a singleton tag, meaning they'll be untagged after removing this one. Four of those questions are still open. It's not entirely obvious to me how some of these should be tagged.

Maybe we don't care if closed questions are untagged, but we should decide that rather than just letting it happen.

The singletons:

  • I suggest that we start by deleting the closed questions in this list that are clearly off-topic.
    – murgatroid99 Mod
    Jan 10, 2014 at 20:09
  • Well, we should review them first to see if there's anything worth keeping/merging/historical-locking. Sometimes a bad question attracts good answers. I haven't looked at these; I only compiled the list. Jan 10, 2014 at 20:12

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