This is the proposal. Please see Help us clean up tags! for the result.
Let's face it, we have tons of horrible tags.
In the past, we used Old monthly tag cleanups to keep track of what needs to be cleaned up. But I see a couple of problems with this approach lately.
Random users just edit the question itself and add tags to the cleanup list without going through any proper procedure.
Users keep posting answers to that question containing tags they would like to see cleaned up.
It's really hard to keep track of the whole process.
What's supposed to happen is that tags are discussed in separate questions and when consensus regarding removal of the tag is reached, it gets added to the list. Lately, this process isn't happening at all. So here is my proposal:
Old monthly tag cleanups gets closed, protected, locked and deleted.
When someone discovers a horrible tag, they post a new question on Meta Super User about it, tagging it with discussion in combination with tag-cleanup-request.
The request will then be discussed (or ignored) but, most importantly, voted on and after a week (give or take) a moderator will tag the question with:
- status-declined if the proposal was denied
- status-planned if the proposal was accepted
Any question that is tagged with tag-cleanup-request and status-planned (here's a handy link to the search) can be acted upon by anyone in the community.
Once a tag is cleaned up, the status-planned tag is replaced with status-completed.