From cursory inspection, questions about and tagged as "matlab' get few if any replies. There are probably many users of MSE working (also) in matlab, so I can see how it was originally created. However, when I notice it in a question, my impulse is to want to refer it to another site, such as stackoverflow, both as it seems like a more natural home for it, and as the response here - if I'm not mistaken - is minimal. However, given the existence of such a tag, it is perfectly legitimate to keep it here. Is that what a majority of users believes should be the case? I have no strong feelings in the matter, but wouldn't referring such a question on be in the best interest of OP, and this site?

I feel that you are conflating two problems. (a) There exists questions on this site that are about MatLab, and per our FAQ they are not entirely off-topic. So I don't see a good argument against having the tag. On the other hand (b) also per our FAQ a lot of numerical/computational/algorithmic questions are better suited for SO or SciComp, and I don't see why you shouldn't recommend users to consider asking in one of the other forums instead when they can get better help elsewhere. The two issues are logically independent. Whether there is a (matlab) tag shouldn't change whether you refer. –  Willie Wong Feb 18 '13 at 16:53
@WilliWong: That is good to know. I was hesitant to refer on anything that could be tagged MSE. –  gnometorule Feb 18 '13 at 16:55
Another point to consider is that some tags originated on Math.SE before more specific SE sites were launched. Since old questions cannot be migrated, they (and their tags) have to be kept here. So, even if we decided that no new Matlab questions should be asked here (which is not really the case; some questions may be more about math than matlab), the tag would remain. –  user53153 Feb 18 '13 at 17:23
@5pm: That's a good point. I'll just refer going forward, but hadn't considered backward compatibility. –  gnometorule Feb 18 '13 at 17:26
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