When creating the [variables] tag, the following dialog pops out:

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After clicking "Yes, I'm sure", the system throws:

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So does the [variables] tag exist or not?

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I can see a tag synonym from [variable] to [variables] but no questions on either tag. If there is a synonym then the tag existed but it is entirely possible that it was emptied out as it is a meta tag (requires other tags to describe it) and it is not really relevant to this site.

It is possible that the synonym is holding a block on the proper deletion or creation of the tag.

In any case [variables] isn't a particularly useful tag for Super User. Variables are a programming thing and while we allow some "light" programming questions a question that focuses purely on "programming variables" would be off topic here.

  • Can they be removed altogether?
    – Wenfang Du
    Commented Sep 10, 2021 at 13:32
  • I'm torn on doing so. In part this is a bug that I like and blocking the creation of a tag that is borderline useless to this site is a good thing to me. On the other hand there is definitely something odd going on.
    – Mokubai Mod
    Commented Sep 10, 2021 at 13:32
  • It's the synonym indeed, according to animuson's answer to my question on Meta.SE. This question contains a SEDE query with a list of 'orphaned' tag synonyms like this one.
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Nov 20, 2021 at 9:10

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