I've noticed we have both and tagged questions in meta.space.se. Do we really need both of them? I prefer the tag, and I think we could make as one of its synonyms. Also, looks a lot better (less ambiguous, or even confusing) in the list of questions and most active tags of members in the users lists. What do you say?

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    $\begingroup$ This was resolved by making off-topic a synonym of scope, despite the answer below. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Aug 30, 2019 at 18:13

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Both tags are used on meta.stackoverflow and a few questions do fit better with than with . E.g., asking how a specific off-topic question could be fixed should probably not be tagged with but would be reasonable to tag with .

questions would include "Is this on-topic?"; questions might concern how off-topic questions should be handled. In this scheme, questions would deal with what is off-topic and questions would deal with how to deal with questions that have been determined to be out-of-scope.

I realize that expecting such a careful distinction in tagging may be unreasonable (even on meta), but I think that if the main meta site considers the distinction useful it is likely that the distinction is useful.

(Interestingly, a few days ago I was thinking of bringing up this very issue, which is why I learned that meta.stackoverflow has such tags.)


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