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Currently, Ask Ubuntu is swamped by a lot of poor tags that just refuse to go away. The efforts to get rid of them by both the community and the moderators by manual retagging just doesn't cut it enough. As we try to eradicate them, they keep coming back. This drains the energy of the community members, who could spend this time better on doing more productive tasks on the site.

While blacklisting sounds like a good idea on paper, the amount of the paper work and red tape strongly discourages the moderators. From what I hear, it is, more often than not, a cumbersome task.

To list some of the tags:

Hence, I request the devs to give the mods better tools than what is already available to them to delete poor tags without blacklisting them.

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Focus on deleting, not blacklisting. The SE team has already said no to allowing blacklisting; generally deleting is plenty good enough anyway –  Ben Brocka Jun 22 '12 at 15:34
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@BenBrocka How do you suggest this "deleting" tags be done? I have done plentiful retagging and I wouldn't want to do it again. –  jokerdino Jun 22 '12 at 15:36
    
I'd made a related feature request asking for better tag sort and search (for cleanup). Maybe you can incorporate that here? –  Manishearth Jun 22 '12 at 15:38
    
@ManishEarth Good idea. But those tools won't be enough because you would still have to kill the tags by manual retagging. Nonetheless, they could be useful in maintaining the site. –  jokerdino Jun 22 '12 at 15:46
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I mean just... delete them. No permanent blacklist, just remove them from all existing questions with a click of a button (and a confirmation or whatever) for mods only –  Ben Brocka Jul 25 '12 at 19:10
    
@BenBrocka I guess that is a reasonable suggestion. –  jokerdino Jul 26 '12 at 6:34

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SO I know has the 'web' tag that specifically says "DO NOT USE", and says what you should use instead. Also, after labeling don't use, you could then make all the related bad tags synonyms of one tag (so they don't show up directly).

But in the long run giving mods the ability to blacklist a tag (even if requiring many mod votes) would be useful.

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I really doubt there are any good tags that one can make such tags synonyms of. –  Manishearth Jun 22 '12 at 15:39
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@ManishEarthwantsmorewaffles True, but you could make all the bad ones synonyms of each other (ex: web is a synonym of www which also says "DO NOT USE". You could even make a "Don't use tag" tag that uses they are all synonyms of so they don't show up) –  Fewfre Jun 22 '12 at 15:43
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@Kyomu Such practice is not welcome. You could replace a tag with please-do-not-use-it, but please-do-not-use-it should be removed as soon as possible. Also, that would confuse the users who would see a tag replaced from another they didn't choose, and which seems useless. –  kiamlaluno Jun 22 '12 at 15:49
    
@kiamlaluno Fair enough, just saying for now adding "DO NOT USE" to description would let people know not to use, and making similar bad ones synonyms would make them all say not to use. –  Fewfre Jun 22 '12 at 15:51
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@Kyomu You would think it should work, but in the site I moderate there are at least three tags whose description says something similar to "Do not use it. This tag is going to be removed." and still they are used in new questions. :) –  kiamlaluno Jun 22 '12 at 15:53
    
@kiamlaluno Alright, that's true. But it has always kept ME from using them on the occasion I consider it, so again, figure it wouldn't hurt. –  Fewfre Jun 22 '12 at 15:55

What about letting folks flag tags like they can flag questions and comments? Reasons can include:

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FWIW, unused tags are generally deleted after 24 hours. –  Shog9 Sep 24 '12 at 0:29

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