We now have 7 questions tagged 'basics'. What does this tag actually mean? In my opinion, it is too ambiguous and we should remove/change it.

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Good catch. This tag is an example of a "meta tag", and is widely considered a bad idea on StackExchange sites. See e.g. The Death of Meta Tags - Blog – Stack Exchange.

The best approach available to us now is to nip it in the bud: remove the tag from all the questions.

  • Should this tag be replaced with 'faq'?
    – ripper234
    Aug 31, 2011 at 5:54
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    @ripper234 That would also be a meta tag, and is similarly deprecated.
    – nealmcb
    Aug 31, 2011 at 5:57

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