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The SO tag is a bit problematic: it is associated with two completely different concepts:

Is it possible to completely remove the segmentation tag? and prevent it from being used?

Right now this ambiguous segmentation tag causes questions regarding image processing to be linked and associated with topics regarding memory issues (and vice versa).


was removed from all questions, and was replaced by more discriminative tags: , , and .

Thanks to all users who participated in this small clean-up!

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As Wikipedia reports, segmentation can have more than one meaning, in computing:

  • Image segmentation
  • Memory segmentation
  • Packet segmentation
  • Speech segmentation
  • Text segmentation

should be replaced from a more appropriate tag, which avoids any ambiguity, such as , for which there are already questions, , and .

Once the questions are retagged, we can consider if requesting to be burninated. I would avoid making it a synonym of another tag, as this would mean to give a preference to a tag over other tags.

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I just wrote the excerpt segmetation (it was empty) I made it synonym to image-segmentation. It may be the case that I did wrong... I want to use this meta question to resolve this issue. – Shai Jan 14 '13 at 14:41
@madth3 I didn't notice the OP wrote the tag wiki before to ask this question. I thought the tag was used already with that purpose. – kiamlaluno Jan 14 '13 at 18:05
I removed all questions tagged segmentation. Can you burninate this tag now? -- Thanks! – Shai Jan 15 '13 at 11:57
Burninating a tag means removing it from the history of every question using it; once a tag is burninated, it is like the tag has never been used. As you removed the tag from all the questions, there is no need to burninate it, as the tag will be deleted between 24 hours. Burninating is done to avoid editing every single question. – kiamlaluno Jan 15 '13 at 12:10
Is it possible to prevent this tag from being re-created in the future? – Shai Jan 15 '13 at 12:16
It is possible, but that it is done when the tag keeps being used when it should not be used. Community Coordinators do that when it is strictly necessary, and when there is consensus about the tag being very bad. In short, if the tag can simply be removed from the questions using it, the tag is not black-listed; if it is not possible to remove it because for each X questions that gets it removed there are Y questions getting the tag, then the tag could be black-listed. – kiamlaluno Jan 15 '13 at 12:21
So, now that there are no question with this tag the subject is closed? – Shai Jan 15 '13 at 12:40
Until somebody else doesn't start using again segmentation, and it is impossible to remove it from the questions, the topic is closed. :) – kiamlaluno Jan 15 '13 at 12:45

There's a bunch of questions tagged which have nothing to do with either images or segmentation faults. In fact, the highest-voted question in the tag is about text processing:

And then there's this, about managing datasets:

Segmenting voices:

And stuff about memory segments, but not about segmentation faults, specifically:

So what we currently have is a certain amount of confusion.

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I agree with your confusion conclusion. My question: how can we proceed? – Shai Jan 14 '13 at 14:42
@Shai, retag all the questions! – Charles Jan 14 '13 at 20:58
I'm working on it... But as it seems segmentation-falut and image-segmentation does not cover all the cases... – Shai Jan 15 '13 at 6:57

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