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Stack Overflow has 638 questions tagged .

The 'related tags' gives a clue to the various areas where this tag is applied:

It seems that nearly everything involves writing (or reading, or files, or io, or file-io, or text...which are equally useful).

In my opinion, this tag should be replaced with language-specific tags or burninated.

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Tag ambiguity is not necessarily a problem per se. Unless the tag fails to categorize the question in any way, it could still be useful. –  Robert Harvey Nov 21 '11 at 20:32

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I disagree. I think is an acceptable tag. It helps refine questions which are specifically about writing some data (to a file or device) rather than reading data. Most questions on Stack Overflow also have a language tag, but that's no reason to ban tags other than language tags.

Yes, I'm hard-pressed to come up with a question that should be tagged only , but the same goes for, say . Almost every question should have some meaningful tag beyond the programming language, indicating what topic is broached (data structure, specific library, algorithm, …).

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Hm. I'm still not certain that there are any use cases where someone would want to refine a search by the word 'write', but I'm definitely thinking about this. –  Kevin Vermeer Nov 21 '11 at 20:44

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