I'm very surprised we didn't have a BSO tag, so I created it. Someone with mod powers might want to create a tag synonym for "bicycle shaped object" and link to BSO.

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I'm not convinced that it's a useful tag.

Does anybody asking about a BSO on our site know what a BSO is before asking the question?

Does anybody on the internet looking to a solution (that we have) to their problem with a BSO know what a BSO is and that they're dealing with a BSO?

  • I see it helpful as a post-facto tag. We can tag BSO-ish questions and when newbies have questions about their BSOs, we can refer them to the tag constellation.
    – RoboKaren
    Feb 13, 2017 at 19:45
  • @RoboKaren That sounds a lot like a meta tag... stackoverflow.blog/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags
    – freiheit
    Feb 13, 2017 at 23:42
  • By those criteria, BSO doesn't really fall under meta-tag: "1. If the tag can't work as the only tag on a question, it's probably a meta-tag. Every tag you use should be able to work, more or less, as the only tag on a question. .... 2. If the tag commonly means different things to different people, it's probably a meta-tag. In a cruel, ironic twist, the meaning of the tag ...
    – RoboKaren
    Feb 14, 2017 at 0:57
  • i.e., BSO is a type of bicycle same as "tandem" or "unicycle" or "mountain bike"
    – RoboKaren
    Feb 14, 2017 at 0:57
  • BSO is a derogatory term for a low quality bike. I agree with @freiheit that BSO as a tag is not useful for a knowledge seeker, and just as important to me, its use is likely to discourage people from answering questions that are tagged with it, since they are of known problem quality.
    – zenbike
    Mar 10, 2017 at 15:35
  • @RoboKaren BSO is not a "type of bicycle" as in MTB or Road bike or tandem. Those terms identify the type of riding that a bike is physically suited for, and are useful to segregate questions for those users that have knowledge only in one specific type of cycling. "BSO" on the other hand is a generic term for a low quality bike whose use is subjective. As a "certified bicycle snob" 😁, there are many bikes that others find acceptable to ride, that I would consider too low quality to ride. The thing that makes this a meta tag is its subjectivity.
    – zenbike
    Mar 10, 2017 at 15:39

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