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The tag keeps being re-created, but in practice it is ambiguous, which is why we don't use it. I just went and retagged the 5 questions that had it — 2 clearly meaning FOSS, 2 clearly meaning “I don't want to pay money” and one probably meaning “I don't want to pay money”. The spread illustrates the ambiguity.

Please blacklist and give it the same guidance as free.

By the way, free used to be blacklisted, but for some reason it no longer is. Please restore the blacklist.

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Shog9 has added free and alternative back to the blacklist and also added free-software. free and free-software guide the user towards and .

It turns out that blacklist entries are culled automatically if they aren't triggered for 90 days. Our experience shows that this isn't ideal: our undesirable tags came back. Maybe blacklists that have explicit guidance should not expire?

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