53 votes

The monster that can't be killed

It may be a good idea to have the tag blacklisted. I've reached out to Community Managers at the Tavern on the Meta as this can only be done by Stack Exchange employees. SE developers can blacklist ...
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45 votes

Do we have any experts on "applications"?

This is clearly a meta tag – no reason to have it really. This is Super User, a site for questions about computer hardware and software. Applications are software, so the tag really makes no ...
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23 votes
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Are we [licensed] for all this?

It really comes down to granularity. license-key and product-key are really the same thing, but software-activation is a process and should stay separate. volume-license could be grouped into ...
  • 402
23 votes

What do a writer, taxi, and horse have in common?

It seems to have three primary uses: The poster thinks they've been hacked, and they want to undo what the bad software/entity did. Example. The poster is trying to break into something and needs ...
  • 39.3k
22 votes
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Is there any difference between the tags "windows-server-2003" and "windows-2003-server"?

Agreed. Windows Server 2003 appears to be the main tag and lines up with the actual product name. Merged and synonymised. updating post history, 22 rows affected (pipe delimited) updating posts, 19 ...
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17 votes

Time to change [pop] flavor(s)

pop as referring to the mail protocol isn't a bad tag. It definitely shouldn't mean "Post Office Protocol" and "pop-ups" at the same time, though. There is already a much more widely-used pop3 (>170 ...
  • 39.3k
17 votes

Let's part ways with [computer-parts]

Considering that Super User has a seperate tag for nearly all computer parts, (ram, cpu, power-supply, hard-drive, motherboard, graphics-card just to name some), I think this tag can safely be removed....
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16 votes
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Girl, you're a mess: [images] needs a makeover

I would vote for burninate images and replace it for their peers, image-editing, disk-image, etc. in a way that images doesn't exist, since it's a term that loosely apply to many things. But to ...
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16 votes
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Tab Tab Tab, is this browser on

I don't see the point in any tab-related tag. I'd vote for cleaning them all up and synonymizing them with useless. The last part is a joke ;P
14 votes
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Don't hate the [player] hate the tag

Yes, player is too meta. What to do about it? On many questions, it's just decoration, duplicating a specific player tag. Delete those. On some other questions, separate word tags are used in place ...
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14 votes

Is [numbering] tag useful or too vague?

I see no way that this tag is even remotely useful. I'm amazed that it's amassed over 100 questions. We should burninate it.
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12 votes
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Should we remove the [android] tag?

I am strongly objecting the removal this tag. If title and body contain important (non-meta) information about the topic of the question, then there should also be a tag for it—especially with "big" ...
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12 votes
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I recommend tossing [hardware-rec]

I agree philosophically, but as a practical matter, blatantly off-topic tags serve a useful function when they are subjects that will always be improperly posted here. We will never stop hardware or ...
  • 26.7k
11 votes
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Does [bricked] need to be bricked?

Yes, since it's currently applied to many different things (routers, BIOS, SSDs, even Windows), nobody can be an expert in all things bricked. It's kind of like saying something's broken - not helpful ...
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10 votes

Rat's nest of tags

(Feel free to add to this list) Consolidate similar tags: After a little cleanup, we have 11 applet, 77 java-applet, 73 desktop-gadget, 24 widgets, and 39 bookmarklet. There are some nuanced ...
10 votes

Pew Pew the Laser Tag

Set Lasers to Kill. Leave none standing. Feels like the classic MetaTag. I'm doubtful the average end user will be working directly on a laser sans other context.
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10 votes
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aria2 vs. aria2c?

aria2c has been merged into aria2 and a synonym created. updating post history, 8 rows affected (pipe delimited) updating posts, 8 rows affected (pipe delimited) updating PostTags associations, 5 ...
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9 votes
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Disconnect the [intermittent] tag

Yeah, it gives no useful information at all. And its small enough not to flood the front page. I'd be inclined to wait a day or two, and if no one has a good reason to keep it, nuke it.
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8 votes
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Pew Pew the Laser Tag

I have removed all of these now. The majority required the laser-printer tag adding. There were a few talking about optical mice but not enough for a new tag of optical-mouse so I left these as mouse.
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8 votes

aria2 vs. aria2c?

My understanding is the same as yours: both aria2 and aria2c are used interchangeably. They should be synonymized. The command you use to run the utility is aria2c. From that point of view, using it ...
7 votes
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Let's stop [chat]ting about it

We have an instant-messaging tag that has this wiki summary: Real-time chat software, services, and protocols such as ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, and MSN Messenger. To me, that is similarly meta. ...
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7 votes

We're not a bank, get rid of [audit] (or replace it with less ambiguous tags)

"Auditing" is the actual name of a Windows feature so eliminating the tag is not an option. Your proposal may get disambiguation traction if you actually propose some alternate tag names, instead of ...
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7 votes

The monster that can't be killed

TylerH mentions in a comment the idea of using a synonym. This might be a simple solution for all problematic tags. It could work like this: Create an anchor question that is tagged with do-not-use-...
  • 26.7k
7 votes
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Drop kick [dropout]

Taken care of by @DavidPostill as per his comment: tag deleted from those four questions...
6 votes
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The [helpdesk] tag isn't helpful

Done Tag removed from all questions. Questions about setting up a helpdesk service are off-topic for Super User. If the question has to do with helpdesk software, it might be on-topic for Server ...
  • 45.3k
6 votes

Potential Tag Merge/Synonym: [msiexec] -> [windows-installer]?

Agreed. Since the msiexec tags should have windows-installer tags in any case, I've gone ahead and started tagging them as such too.
6 votes

Clean it up, and [diy]

Done. All remaining diy questions are closed; the others have been edited to remove that tag and fix other minor issues. (I also did my best to remove the hardware recommendation aspect when it ...
  • 39.3k
6 votes

aria2 vs. aria2c?

aria2 is package name and aria2c is a binary file inside it. As you can see here, aria2c is the only executable file inside aria2 package. Also its official website says: aria2 is a lightweight ...
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6 votes

Is application-error an error?

I say burninate application-error. Super User has a long-standing tradition of burninating error-related tags. I see no reason to break this tradition now. error: What could we do with the [error] ...

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