currently has this excerpt:

Vim's plugin system. DO NOT use this for questions that may require a plugin. For plugin-specific questions, use the appropriate plugin-* tag for those.

However, most people use this tag for questions that are either about a specific plugin ("How do I get foo to work with plugin bar?") or for questions where they assume the answer involves a plugin ("How do I do foo?").

I would propose:

  1. Rename to or ; this should make the intent clearer. Some example questions for this tag:

  2. Remove and perhaps even disallow it like . Is there a reason to have this tag? I don't see anyone being an expert on "plugins" in general (aside from plugin development, which we got covered with ), and in almost all cases the question aren't even about plugins as such, but about something else:

    • It's about a specific plugin, and should be tagged with this specific plugin (eg. ).
    • It's about accomplishing a specific task or solving a problem. These questions are better off being tagged about the problem (eg. , , etc.). More often than not, a plugin isn't even required.

Related meta posts:

  • I removed plugins from a number of questions, and renamed the tag to plugin-system. Blacklisting a tag is something only SE devs can do; we'll see if this tag returns (frequently) before I go bother someone for it. Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 11:51
  • On GDSE we have a useless tags thread on meta to track and monitor tags we've soft-blacklisted. It's clunky though. If I were to do it again I'd probably use a tag (on meta) to track all the questions about tags that should be soft-blacklisted instead.
    – user72
    Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 15:39

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I am in favor of renaming to and blacklisting itself.

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