RonJohn comments that its use is a flag that the question is probably off-topic. That sounds like a tag that will not be used by people who know what it's for.

  • Do you have an alternative approach, given that there are on-topic account questions? Aug 27, 2019 at 21:04
  • It seems to me that the on-topic questions all have at least one other tag which is more appropriate. Aug 27, 2019 at 21:12

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"Probably" <> "definitely".

Discussed already here, here, and here.

In a nutshell, there are cases where accounting questions can be on-topic, but they are generally not.

Questions at Personal Finance & Money must relate to personal finance. And some people do use accounting for their personal finance. So, we need a tag for those instances.

But the mere presence of a tag for 'accounting' doesn't imply every accounting question is on-topic — only some of them are. Yes, people will misunderstand and ask accounting homework questions anyway, that have zero bearing on their personal finance. That's when the community should vote-to-close.

I wish Stack Exchange had a feature where we could warn somebody that's using the tag on a new question to make really, really sure that their question is appropriate for the site.

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