The tag is usually used by beginners to tag their questions, even if they're not actually about being a beginner in any way. If the questions really are basics, we have and , which I think are okay if used sparingly. But I think really serves no purpose.

There are 75 questions so tagged, so going through by hand is a little tedious. Can a mod nuke it?

  • I wouldn't mind seeing a little bit of weighing in from the community first. Otherwise, I'm okay with it. :)
    – Joanne C
    Nov 19 '15 at 2:34
  • Okay. I added two possibilies to vote up or down.
    – mattdm
    Nov 19 '15 at 15:02
  • Unless we get a flurry of "No" votes, I'll kill it on Monday at some point.
    – Joanne C
    Nov 22 '15 at 20:15
  • Apparently I can't kill it... I can only merge it into another. A request for this ability has been hanging around since at least 2013, if not longer.
    – Joanne C
    Nov 28 '15 at 20:42
  • I'd merge it into photography basics, but I'm not convinced all should be. That would make the synonym feature kick in though, which would stop further use.
    – Joanne C
    Nov 28 '15 at 20:45
  • JoanneC: Want to merge it into [hotography-basics? I can go through those (slowly) and remove it where it's not appropriate
    – mattdm
    May 6 '16 at 17:52
  • All done, the tags are merged.
    – Joanne C
    May 6 '16 at 21:04

Yes. This serves no real purpose and should be removed.

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    I agree. New users love to point to the existence of tags for allowing off topic questions, and this is a great example of that. i.e. "but you have a video tag so my question about buying a video camera..." Beginner itself really tells us nothing useful about a question because everyone starts at a different place. Theres no reason for an "expert" tag so why have a beginner tag? +1
    – dpollitt
    Nov 21 '15 at 20:53

No, let's leave it. We could potentially have a useful collection of questions about beginners.

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