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As far as I can tell, the tag is used for at least 3 distinct things:

  • HTTP & SMTP header fields (often with , , or ) — could be replaced with
  • Page/document headers (usually -related) — no good replacement I can think of
  • Header (.h) files (usually - or -related) — could be replaced with (which, by the way, should be merged with )

Replacing these all with other tags would be hard, but I don't think it would cause any problems if were just burninated entirely.

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-1 for using a burninated meme. –  John Aug 21 '11 at 23:39
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@john -1 for posting the same cranky comment over and over. –  Jeff Atwood Aug 25 '11 at 4:05
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We need a Jon Skeet Facts–type page for you, Jeff. "Only Jeff Atwood has the power to downvote comments." –  jtbandes Aug 25 '11 at 4:08

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The tag summaries for and are also inconsistent - the former refers to the header on a network packet, while the latter refers to the footer on the page of a website/document.

It's possible this isn't an issue, but do we really need ? To me, it seems like a fairly basic layout function rather than something that needs its own tag.

Quick list of the various uses of :

Simple content at the top of a page:

C++ headers and how to include them:

And yes, there are a some questions about HTTP headers as the tag wiki suggests:

Although many seem to deal with specifically with the 'headers already sent' error message in PHP:

Although these are all related in the sense of including something at the beginning of something else, I think especially is acting as a meta-tag, despite its specific tag-wiki, made worse by the fact that so many of the issues are those that plague beginner programmers.

It would be a hell of a retag operation (there are currently over 5,000 questions tagged with it) - would any meaning be lost if the tag were simply burninated?

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