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Old monthly tag cleanups [closed]

This post is no longer active. It is preserved for historical reasons only. For more info on our new tag cleanup procedure, see: Help us clean up tags! A new way to clean up tags The following tags ...
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Help us clean up tags!

Tags on Super User are meant to categorize posts to help people with specific expertise or interests to quickly discover posts that are relevant to them. Over time we've collected quite a few ...
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A new way to clean up tags

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 ...
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Raise the minimum rep needed to create new tags

Super User has a tag problem. Due to many users who are not acquainted with the site barely reaching the rep threshold to create new tags, many such users misuse it, and that causes a problem as ...
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Why are safety and security synonyms?

In the first lesson in my information security class I learned how bad the German term "Sicherheit" is, which can be translated to either security or safety, which makes it hard to distinguish between ...
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Reduce Tag Ambiguity by Requiring Objects for Transitive Verbs

It's all in the title I'd say... In short, I'm suggesting that we add 'object' validation for single-transitive verb tags without object qualifiers... For instance ... 'split' would require the ...
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Burnination of device tag

The tag devices serves no purpose. Can we please burninate?
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Banned Tag Proposal: Hackintosh

Due to the legal gray area that exists with regards to building or running Hackintosh machines we have always discouraged these question on SU since it would attract unnecessary attention to the site ...
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The DOS tag is ambiguous

As it is, the dos tag is ambiguous. Even the tag wiki excerpt is split: DOS is an acronym for "Disk Operating System." DoS is an acronym for "Denial of Service." Do not use this tag for questions ...
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Sorting out Chrome-related tags

Someone's muddled the chrome-related tags! Chromium is an open-source web browser. Chrome is a closed-source derivative of Chromium made by Google. Chrome OS is an operating system based on the ...
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What will happen to the Windows-8-Preview tag once Windows 8 goes live?

We currently have 385 questions tagged with windows-8-preview and looking towards the impending release of Windows 8 I am wondering what will happen to the -preview tag. I guess that we will have a ...
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Clean out our [container]

The container tag appears to be too broadly scoped to be useful in its current state. With its oldest question being from 2010, it is used for many different areas of expertise including but not ...
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Super User mid 2012 tag/question cleanup [closed]

During my course of reviewing, editing & general janitorial cleanup, I ran into a few tags that were pretty much useless. Since there's too much for me to take action up, I'm posting the list here....
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Super User - Suggest adding an operating system tag

When asking a question on Super User, add a suggestion for users to include their "operating system" when adding tags. It's such a common omission in questions on Super User, I think an extra ...
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Have a prompt when a tag is created

When a tag is created, a prompt should be raised, just so that people know they they are creating a tag, and are doing it intentionally. I think that should solve address the answers to my previous ...
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What is the purpose of [64-bit] and [32-bit]?

What is the purpose of 64-bit? I'm not suggesting we do away with it -- it has 80+ followers and over 2,000 questions -- but I'm genuinely unsure of when it should be used. I see it (and 32-bit) used ...
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Why are there multiple versions of windows-10 tags?

I see 13 different windows-10 tags. Some of them appear to be for specific applications such as windows-10-calendar-app, but that leaves many such as windows-10-v1511, windows-10-v1709, and windows-...
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What to do about the Windows Insider Program?

There have been a few questions about the tags for windows-10 and windows-10-preview, and whether such things are even on topic, similar to the same issue last time with Windows 8. I have noticed a ...
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Merge firefox-related tags?

Now that Mozilla is rolling out Firefox releases so quickly, does it really pay to keep creating separate tags for each new version? We currently have tags for firefox 3-6 including several ...
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r e n a m e spaces

We have two tags which seem to be text based: tabs & spaces. However, tabs is defined for the graphical user interface feature that allows multiple documents to be contained within a single ...
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Do we really need multiple [ubuntu]s?

As of now we have: ubuntu-8.04× 23 ubuntu-8.10× 8 ubuntu-9.04× 104 ubuntu-9.10× 433 ubuntu-10.04× 904 ubuntu-10.10× 252 ubuntu-11.04× 206 ubuntu-11.10× 131 ubuntu-12.04× 798 ubuntu-12.10× 94 ubuntu-...
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Should we be having periodic, full throttle cleanups?

Right now, we have a whole load of tags we need to kill off, but it's an uphill struggle. We try not to flood the front page (and with awesome moderator powers, we could actually do that), but ...
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How do we keep dead tags dead?

We killed off this tag some time ago - I noticed it in use during the current cleanup, and it has been used 360 times since then (at least). I suppose that there's a perfectly good reason, other than ...
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Poke a hole in "Pinning"

My apologies for not moving on this in some direction. I don't know what that direction should be, so I think I should defer to users who are more regular on the site. The pinning tag does not have a ...
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Tags go totally nuts on hover

There's a certain area around tags where they will flip constantly between their normal and hover states. Please see the following video for an illustration of the issue: This is in Chrome stable in ...
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Merge tags windows-10 and win10

I have recently noticed that, there is a tag named win10 which has a few questions on Windows 10. But there is already the major tag windows-10 and questions should use the major tag. I personally ...
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Take away the chinese tag

While working on Manufacturer & Company tags are back. Again I have come across the tag chinese. There are quite a few questions on there of varying quality. What is it for, why do we have tags ...
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Should we blacklist the [technical-support] tag?

24 questions are tagged technical-support. Should we get rid of it? Many questions on Super User (every question?) could be considered a form of "technical support". It's a vague term, and doesn't ...
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Should we delete the [homework] tag?

The homework tag is a meta-tag, which is explicitly discouraged. Should we delete the homework tag from all questions? Although a question may be about homework, there's nothing useful gained by ...
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Should we have a sub-tag for beta/RC?

Something I was wondering about when coming across older win 7 RC and beta questions - In many cases bugs are specific to dev versions, or involve the newness of them. With the win8-dev-preview ...
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Alpine and Alpine-Linux tag

People inadvertently choose the tag alpine (an email client) instead of alpine-linux. See the recent question How to create Alpine live-USB without using `dd`?. I suggest to remove the tag alpine ...
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Critique my [windows-7] tag wiki

I haven't seen any other tag wiki1 pages on Super User yet, so I didn't have anything to compare it to as I wrote up the new windows-7 tag wiki page. What do you think? If you can edit it, go right ...
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plasma tag itself is too generic, should be compounded and split into TV and workspace

As things stand right now, plasma is ambiguous. Questions labeled with it refer both to plasma TVs and to the KDE graphical environment, and this doesn't seem correct to me. I suggest deleting the ...
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SharePoint questions

We have https://sharepoint.stackexchange.com/ (currently nearly 60,000 questions compared to less than 300 here). Should we edit the various sharepoint tags to suggest asking on sharepoint....
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Flash is peppered with ambiguity

Update: Looks like pepper flash is adobe flash-player and should be made a synonym when it shows up. This was addressed once, but this time it's different. See Tags flash, adobe-flash and flash-...
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Against the "restrictions" tag

So, we have a restrictions tag. I believe it is much too vague and general. Now, true, it has 95 associated questions, but they should either just lose the tag or get more specific tags, existing or ...
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Inconsistent tags: .bash-profile (with dot) vs bashrc (no dot)

Problem There is the tag .bash-profile, note the leading dot. Currently it has no synonyms, so the "canonical" tag is naturally with the dot. And there is also bashrc with .bashrc as its ...
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Should [clock] be split up into 3 tags?

I was writing a question about how the clock changes between Linux and Windows, and noticed the clock tag. However, after looking over the questions, it seemed broad - or, at least, had multiple ...
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Merge [email-rules] and [email-filter]

email-rules has 1 follower and 61 67 uses: Actions performed automatically on incoming or outgoing messages, based on conditions that you specify. email-filter has 0 followers and 48 51 uses: ...
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"mono" tag as in "vs .net" and as in "vs. stereo"

There seem to be two uses of the tag "mono", one for questions related to audio and one for questions related to the Mono framework. Wouldn't it be better to create a tag "mono-framework" and retag ...
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Burninate "knowledge-base"

The knowledge-base tag seems useless, for lack of a better word. Five questions, different topics (mostly not related to Microsoft's "Knowledge Base"), no tag description or wiki, ... Let's get rid ...
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System tag looks suspiciously like a meta tag

What exactly is the system tag? It doesn't even have a wiki. Looks like a meta-tag to me.
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'Lost' tag is meaningless

This is on 8 questions, and I just saw it used as recently as today. This seems like the definition of a meta tag to me and should probably go away, yes?
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Are "error" and "problem" meta-tags?

From http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags/: If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’s probably a meta-tag. Clearly, error and problem fit this criterion. If ...
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Google Apps is now called G Suite

Google has renamed Google Apps to G Suite: We created Google Apps to help people everywhere work and innovate together, so organizations can move faster and achieve more. On September 29, 2016, ...
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Get rid of [scaling]

scaling is a tag that covers multiple disparate areas. Some would be better retagged as display-scaling, while others deal with image and video scaling (and even things like PDF zoom!) and perhaps don'...
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Ignore tags already added to the "Ignored Tags" list when adding new ones

When you add tags that should be ignored inside Prefs, the search results show all tags (up to six) that it can find. However, it also displays tags that are already on the ignore list: For topics ...
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What is the standard term for a USB flash-drive/pen/thumb/stick?

There are several questions, particularly on Super User, which refer to the use of these drives but there isn't a standard term in use nor a standard tag. Though SU has 'thumb drive', it is not ...
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Managing user who edit only tags of several questions

In the recent few days I've reviewed dozens of tag edit proposals made by a single user. Some of his edits really improves the quality of the question. Although majority of them, despite adding ...
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tag + tag-version, or just tag-version?

Should questions about a specific version of something have both the general tag of it and the version tag, or just the version tag? For example: If I'm asking "How do the Home and Professional ...
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