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The site tour specifically states, "Do not ask about truth questions..."

Why is there a tag if truth questions are discouraged?

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Short answer. There should not be.

There are were only ten questions with that tag, and tags that are unused are deleted every day. The answer here is to edit the tag off of the questions that contain it, then wait a day. The tag will then be deleted. Also, whoever happens to be removing the tag should make a close vote too if the question happens to be off-topic by today's guidelines.

This came up similarly with the tag: Why does the verse-identification tag still exist?

I'm going to begin editing out the tags. You are welcome to join me. With only ten questions it won't take long.

  • I removed a couple, I'll let you decide what to do with the questions that only have the truth tag.
    – ShemSeger
    Jan 7, 2015 at 22:06
  • @ShemSeger There're all gone now. truth
    – user3961
    Jan 7, 2015 at 22:09
  • @ShemSeger I had a legitimate concern with three of them: Should these question have a truth tag? Worst case scenario is that the community wants the tag and we add it back on to those three questions.
    – user3961
    Jan 7, 2015 at 22:18
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    I thought the tag was sometimes used for questions about truth as a phenomenon, in which case it would be appropriate. But I can't think of a question like that now...
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Jan 7, 2015 at 22:55
  • @curiousdannii Hence my questions about those three. Of the ten, only those three even seemed on-topic.
    – user3961
    Jan 7, 2015 at 22:57
  • @fredsbend once they were detagged I couldn't see the old questions, though now I've seen the other meta question.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Jan 7, 2015 at 23:04
  • @curiousdannii There should be a big old block of questions edited by us all within a few minutes starting about a minute after this answer was posted.
    – user3961
    Jan 7, 2015 at 23:09
  • Tag master, @curiousdannii. There are now 16 questions tagged truth. I would close at least half of them. Some do contain usage of truth as a phenomenon.
    – user3961
    May 21, 2020 at 20:03

I respectfully disagree with Fredsbend.

There is a massive difference between what this community regards as 'a truth question' and an on-topic question regarding a denominational or doctrinal perspective on 'truth'. In my view, it is entirely legitimate to have the 'truth' tag for the purpose of the latter.


  • I agree and have upvoted. But the damage has been done. Actually, only three questions out of the ten were even on-topic in the first place. We'll work out what the truth tag should be used for, create it, then add it to those three questions.
    – user3961
    Jan 8, 2015 at 7:24
  • I'm having a hard time imagining what sort of question would be legitimately tagged with a 'truth' tag. Can you offer an example?
    – Flimzy
    Jan 13, 2015 at 6:43
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    @Flimzy Ok, I've included some examples. Jan 13, 2015 at 7:13
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    I've created and added the truth tag to those questions. And also a few others.
    – user3961
    Feb 19, 2015 at 22:10

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