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I noticed the and the tags. At first I supposed they were synonyms, but is a synonym of (according to their tag descriptions). No problem so far, except that is mostly used as a synonym for ...

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Both questions are reasonable old and their solutions are lost already/again... So some firm/new action is required!

Personally, I think it would be best to keep and and forbid the use of . As this seems to result in the clearest situation.

But making a synonym of one or the other, is also possible.

Note: In both cases, all questions needs to be sorted out and added to the correct tag.

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You should probably tag this as tag-blacklist-request. –  Ilmari Karonen Jan 20 '13 at 22:04

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I would personally vote that the tag is removed and not marked as a synonym of either, it wouldn't be an ideal solution regardless of which is chosen as an overriding synonym as half of the questions would still end up tagged incorrectly.

I think the solution for now is to simply retag all of the erroneous questions with , and then the tag can stay as a synonym of or be removed entirely, retagging the others as .

At present there are only 224 questions tagged with , and the invalid ones are primarily also tagged with (50 questions) making them distinguishable. It shouldn't be that difficult a cleanup to perform manually, so I'm starting to do that now.

Update: I've retagged all of the questions with both and that needed it, and now going through the ones without that tag also. I've noticed that is also used for internet connection sharing, although this doesn't have another tag (and shouldn't really need it as it belongs on SuperUser).

Update #2: All of the questions are now retagged as far as I can see. The 164 remaining questions tagged are valid and related to .ics files or iCal in general.

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+1 Nice work! But we still need to come to a consensus to prevent this in the future! –  Veger Jan 20 '13 at 15:24
    
@Veger Definitely, but remember there's unfortunately no way to block a tag from being used entirely (see tips-and-tricks and homework). To be fair, there were only around 60 incorrect tags out of 224, so I'd say the issue isn't too great a problem at the moment. –  Rudi Visser Jan 20 '13 at 15:25
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@RudiVisser: The SE devs have a way to blacklist tags which become problems (consistently get recreated when they shouldn't exist, or have the potential to be recreated). As far as I'm aware, they can even apply this blacklist to tags which still exist. The ics tag needs to be destroyed. We don't keep ambiguous tags, even as synonyms. It's only causing confusion so it shouldn't exist. –  animuson Jan 20 '13 at 19:18

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