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The title should explain it. An example of why this should be allowed is evident in this question:

Currently it's the only question on StackOverflow tagged 'mssql', and we cannot remove that tag. As a consequence, the mssql tag is still active for new users with low rep.

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Some kind moderator has been in and edited the tags – ChrisF Aug 3 '09 at 20:26
Yes, but that same moderator now has two sql-server tags on it, which I would have hoped would be impossible. – John Saunders Aug 3 '09 at 20:45
What was the outcome of this, Joel? Tags on migrated questions can only be merged, not removed? – raven Nov 6 '09 at 14:40
The outcome was "flag it for a ♦ moderator to fix" – Joel Coehoorn Nov 9 '09 at 3:56
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Nah, there aren't any mssql questions ;-p

updating post history, 26 rows affected
updating posts, 19 rows affected
removing/renaming old tag, 1 rows affected
updating count for master tag, 1 rows affected
merge of [sql-server] and [mssql] complete!

The locking etc is there to prevent it become re-opened, and for the low volume that this happens, I suspect that (for now at least) MSO or moderator flags would work fine. It isn't (IMO) worth the time to think of a "better" approach, let alone implement it...

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Good enough ;) – Joel Coehoorn Aug 3 '09 at 20:31
Marc, is this a one-time thing, or may I relax my vigilance? :-) – John Saunders Aug 3 '09 at 20:46
AFAIK, there have been no changes to prevent tags being re-created. Out of my hands... – Marc Gravell Aug 3 '09 at 21:02

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