This particular tag was originally discussed here: Should we create a medical advice tag?

Questions asking for medical advice are specifically mentioned as off topic, so to me it makes no sense to have the tag . The tag info even advises not to use it.

If we blacklist it it means that it is eliminated and it cannot be recreated.

So... blacklist it? Or keep it?

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In the Biology and Cognitive Sciences Stack, where I am most active, self-help questions with a medical background are explicitly considered off-topic. In other words, those questions where a professional care giver should do a proper medical (physical or psychological) exam, are closed.

At Bio we can close vote as off-topic for the reason of:

Personal medical questions and health advice are off-topic on Biology. We cannot safely answer questions for your specific situation and you should always consult a doctor for medical advice.

Something similar may be appropriate here too I guess - in other words, not only the tag can go, all questions based on medical self-help should be put on hold imo.


I think blacklisting might be a bit extreme considering that there aren't that many questions tagged with it currently. I'm in favor of removing the tag from the questions and even re-tag the questions more appropriately if necessary.

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