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Someone finally went and did it: and are now synonyms. A lot of questions that were about nodes (as part of data structures), are now parading as being about the JavaScript library.

Can we have an undo on this?

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@OAOD yeah, I've tried for the past few weeks to do some cleanup, essentially detagging node when both node and node.js are present. – MPelletier Aug 31 '11 at 17:38

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I agree that the tag was quite worthless.

I removed it, and no questions were untagged as a result...

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"no questions were untagged as a result" Does that mean the existing questions are still tagged node? Or does it mean that the ones that did still have at least one other tag on them. – George Bailey Sep 1 '11 at 13:54
@Jeff You might want to mark this one too as completed: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/85104/moving-off-of-node-tag – MPelletier Sep 1 '11 at 16:50
@George I think it means that no questions were left with no tags (which tags them with "untagged"). – MPelletier Sep 1 '11 at 16:52
So what about nodes? – Robert Harvey Sep 1 '11 at 19:40
@robert dunno, but unlikely to conflict with [node.js] so probably best brought up as another question – Jeff Atwood Sep 1 '11 at 20:19

The "node" tag as part of data structures questions is probably not a good tag. That said, this doesn't mean we don't now have some clean-up we need to do that would have been easier before the synonym was created.

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Luckily the tags weren't merged, so the cleanup should be minimal. Only questions created with the node tag after the synonym was created should be affected. – Bill the Lizard Aug 31 '11 at 16:26
Agreed. Cleanup on aisle node! – MPelletier Aug 31 '11 at 18:19
It can also be node as in XML node. How useful is it then? – MPelletier Aug 31 '11 at 18:20
@MPelletier - Probably still no value there that isn't already communicated via an xml tag. – Joel Coehoorn Aug 31 '11 at 18:22
There's a Drupal node as well. Dammit people, stop calling things 'node'! – MPelletier Aug 31 '11 at 21:18
@MPelletier: It is all somehow derived from the graph theoretic nodes, isn't it? – Paŭlo Ebermann Sep 1 '11 at 2:18
@Paulo: Not necessarily. Drupal's 'node' refers to a table. – MPelletier Sep 1 '11 at 2:40

I deleted the synonym. Luckily the tags weren't merged.

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That doesn't seem to have worked, unless there is some major caching going on. Searching for [node] still takes you to [node.js]. Editing the [node] tag wiki works, but when you save, you wind up at the [node.js] tag wiki page. WTH? – Robert Harvey Aug 31 '11 at 16:35
@Robert: I think it must be caching. Searching for [node] is taking me to stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/node, with 578 results. – Bill the Lizard Aug 31 '11 at 16:38

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