Ok, the one that agree with the tag to stay can step up and answer this questions:

Can you objectively determine whether the tag does or does not apply to a given question?

Can you say that a question is “about ”?

This is taken from the What is a meta tag? and should serve as guide to when you are dealing with a meta tag.

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Can you objectively determine whether the tag does or does not apply to a given question?

Kinda. Any question asking for any kind of server or server-like behaviour should go with this tag.

Can you say that a question is “about ”?

Yes and not. I know what a server is "to server some resource" but after that I have no idea what else I could tell about it.

I think that we should stress the rule:

(...) tags that cannot stand alone as the only tag on a question, are not allowed.

A question using server as single tag is not good enough to tell me something about the question except a vague idea that OP is asking for some resource serving application. So, no, we should remove the server tag.

  • Your final rule would forbid tags like desktop-client, windows, linux, open-source, and others as well.
    – Izzy Mod
    Feb 14, 2014 at 22:17
  • @Izzy you are escalating things. Those tags by itself tell me some category well defined: OP wants the recommendation to run in windows/linux and it should be open-source. I haven't seen the desktop-client tag but I don't believe is as dangerous as server tag.
    – Braiam
    Feb 14, 2014 at 22:23
  • I don't see what makes the server tag that different. But I'm waiting for other opinions (except for yours and mine ;) Might well be you're right, and I'm just a bit "gridlocked" here. But might as well be you're afraid of non-existent ghosts. This should be decided by more than two people. So thanks for raising it here on Meta, which is the place for exactly that :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Feb 14, 2014 at 22:29
  • So, this is the answer PRO server or against it? Feb 14, 2014 at 23:32
  • @AngeloNeuschitzer against.
    – Braiam
    Feb 14, 2014 at 23:46

For the sake of it:

This answer is PRO

Unfortunately my reasoning would be almost identical as Braiam's Anti answer; just my conclusion basically is the opposite - inline with Izzy's thoughts. So vote away everyone.

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