Most of the questions tagged are either closed (because they are advertisements of non-mainstream ideas) or tagged very irrelevantly.

Many people like to pick on meta-tags, I've realised. But as for , It is not even a meta-tag. I know it is supposed to describe theoretical questions, but since

  1. Most of the questions here are theoretical anyway (and in my opinion, that's how it should be).
  2. is not a very good description since it makes people think that this is a very good site to come advertise their own non-mainstream ideas, which is not good.

So why not get rid of it? Or rename it as something like but that isn't as useful as as the tag , since most questions are theoretical anyway, so it just reduces the limited number of a maximum of 5 tags.

  • $\begingroup$ In general I'd say get rid of the tag, but there are some questions where it makes sense. E.g. my question about Lev Landau's “Theoretical Minimum” covers various disciplines (mechanics, solid state physics, field theory) but all from the theoretical side, not from the experimental side. (Also, at least at my university, there is a seperate institute of theoretical physics (as opposed to solid state physics, astrophysics, ...), with its own lectures.) $\endgroup$
    – jdm
    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:00
  • $\begingroup$ @jdm: A question such as yours could be tagged with a few of the relevant disciplines of physics involved.c $\endgroup$ Jul 4, 2013 at 17:39
  • $\begingroup$ In most cases, yes, but in this case I didn't know what the disciplines were (that was the point of the question). $\endgroup$
    – jdm
    Jul 4, 2013 at 18:23

3 Answers 3


This tag is gone.


Please care for the widows and orphans

  • $\begingroup$ Ahh... I'll definitely try to do some retagging there. I haven't noticed that the tag existed at all. Because, we already did a bunch of edits a few months ago ;-) $\endgroup$ Jul 8, 2013 at 1:53

Yes we should get rid of the tag.


No, the tag should stay.


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