What's the purpose of the tag? Every question is supposed to be about physics.

I've tried removing some myself but new users keep using it.

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    $\begingroup$ meta.stackexchange.com/q/181772 $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Feb 1 '14 at 23:13
  • $\begingroup$ Since the astronomy site was migrated in, it's technically possible to have non-physics related questions pertaining to astronomy. And I suppose a physics question related to it also... not saying the tag is useful per se, just saying that not every question must be about physics sometimes. $\endgroup$ – tpg2114 Feb 1 '14 at 23:53
  • $\begingroup$ Astrophysics is certainly physics, but the best way to observe a lunar eclipse is astronomy without being at all physics. $\endgroup$ – tpg2114 Feb 2 '14 at 3:34
  • $\begingroup$ Not that I really care about the tag or difference, I don't have a dog in this fight :) $\endgroup$ – tpg2114 Feb 2 '14 at 3:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Manishearth have a bounty back ;). $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Feb 2 '14 at 15:33
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    $\begingroup$ Related meta.physics.stackexchange.com/q/4768/2451. $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic Feb 2 '14 at 16:37
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    $\begingroup$ <comments removed> Please don't hold tangential discussions here, use Physics Chat. $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Feb 3 '14 at 20:14

There is indeed some room for debate on whether all questions on this site must absolutely be about physics, or whether some non-physics astronomy questions are a good fit here. But this debate is irrelevant: questions on this site do not have to specify that they're about physics. The tag conveys no information.

Further, it leaves the option for new users to use only that tag, e.g. this question. Chances are, if no other tag applies, that the question is off-topic here. The existence of the tag makes that less evident.

Please burninate and blacklist it.

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    $\begingroup$ Gaaaah! The tag still has two posts, this one and this one, but it's gonna take at least some ♦ power to strip it off from those. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Feb 2 '14 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ Send that tag into a magnetar... $\endgroup$ – user36538 Feb 3 '14 at 19:41

is now an intrinsic tag.


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