The problem of tool-related questions

The FAQ clearly states that one should not ask questions about code review tools or best-practices.

Yet, somehow I sense that a lot of questions about those topics are bound to be posted.

Now, from the user's point of view, seeing that I'm able to ask such a question tagging it books, tools or whatever, I might very well think I'm fully entitled to post it. Because, as we know, users don't really read FAQs.

How about getting rid of tags designed for questions that are going to be closed anyway? Would that be too bad a thing?

2 Answers

Questions about these off-topic subjects have reduced DRASTICALLY since we set the policy and updated the FAQ, so I don't see this as a problem. Normally, the tags would be removed from the system automatically when those posts are deleted (this happens automatically). But I don't want to delete these posts posts outright, just yet. They provide a valuable signpost for new users as they become acclimated to this still-young site.

I did remove the tags manually and they should disappear from the system within a few days.

that seems reasonable and will help towards discouraging those types of questions if that's what we're going for on this site.