The tag is a mess. It covers at least:

  • Questions that are about the security of programs that happen to be written in an interpreted language, whether against:
    • local threats (bash, PowerShell, …) [1] [2] [3]
    • server-side remote threats (PHP, …) [1]
    • client remote threats (JavaScript, XSS, …) [1] [2]
  • Questions about malware that happens to be written in a scripting language (often PHP or JavaScript) [1]
  • Questions about automating a security-related task [1] [2]

Only that last point may warrant a tag. On Unix & Linux, we have a scripting that means that the question is specifically about automating a task as opposed to carrying it out interactively. On U&L, it's mildly useful; given that the determination is somewhat subjective, it's on the edge of being a meta tag. Looking at the questions on this site, I don't think such a tag is warranted here.

Hence I propose to get rid of the tag altogether. Given that it's often being used instead of a proper tag, we can't just burninate it, we need to do some manual retagging (48 questions).


  • I agree. But as you say, since there are a non-trivial number of q's that need to be manually retagged - lets do it slowly... Please, everyone jump in (but only a bit at a time!)
    – AviD Mod
    Commented Feb 14, 2016 at 10:18

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This is done and is history.

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