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There is currently a tag for . While looking through the questions tagged with this, I find that it is used as a synonym for , / and even , as well as a wide range of fake things (fake cookies, fake CA certificates, fake mouse/keyboard input, fake email-addresses, fake headers, etc). At the time of writing there are 81 questions tagged with 'fake'.

This tag seems to be solely for meta-information about a question, or it is being used when an other tag is more appropiate. I think in most cases the tag should be removed, and in specific cases it can be re-tagged with the tags above (if that wasn't done already). Then this tag should be burninated.

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I went to work on removing this tag from questions and several of them are apparently referring to an actual tool: "FAKE (F# Make)". Trying to keep the tag to that would probably be tedious, though. –  Kevin Reid Sep 29 '13 at 15:51
    
Apparently "fake" is also a kind of object for testing purposes. Could tag it "fake-object" or something? –  Kevin Reid Sep 29 '13 at 16:02
    
The [fake] tag seems fake. –  Cole Johnson Sep 29 '13 at 18:13
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@KevinReid There is already a fakeo tag with only one question. –  PeeHaa Sep 29 '13 at 19:43
    
@PeeHaa: feels like another for burning or at least renaming... what a mess... who review and approve, or apply these? Can we improve it somehow in the future? Perhaps, this is not a discussion for today, so pardon me. –  lpapp Sep 29 '13 at 19:46
    
Everybody with > 1500 intarnets repz can create tags. It is mostly up to the community to prevent crap tags from spreading. @LaszloPapp –  PeeHaa Sep 29 '13 at 19:49
    
I know about the reputation, but still: why do people create mess with somewhat reasonable reputation level? :'( Perhaps the reputation level is too low for this? –  lpapp Sep 29 '13 at 19:50
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@KevinReid I've retagged those 2 questions to f#-make. All other questions are either retagged or now have the tag removed completely. The tag has now 0 questions and I am assuming that the tag will now be burned and deleted automatically? –  Sumurai8 Sep 30 '13 at 4:52
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@Sumurai8: unused tags are removed automatically after 24 hours. –  lpapp Sep 30 '13 at 6:05

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This makes sense to me. I have just had a similar request yesterday for a similarly common tag name that became a container over time.

Future of the [quick] tag

That has been pretty much the same situation, as in:

  • no tag wiki at all to start to understand its intention

  • It was about 75 tags or so and someone went ahead and cleaned up within a few hours.

So, my personal opinion is that it would be nice to burn this one, too, or at least renaming to something more talkative with regards to unit testing.

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There are only 65 questions tagged so what are you waiting for? ;-)

Only 2 followers, 65 questions, no tag wiki..., meta tag. Go for it! :D

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What I am waiting for? Mostly feedback. It's the first time I even considered a removal of a tag, let alone that I know how those things normally go or if it is normal if someone would start removing tags out of nowhere. I'll first dream about it and if no-one did it already, I'll make some time to remove all references to that tag tomorrow. –  Sumurai8 Sep 29 '13 at 19:41
    
@Sumurai8: actually, you have just pasted this today for discussion, and this is weekend... I would wait more than just one day to be honest... –  lpapp Sep 29 '13 at 19:43
    
@Sumurai8 have nice dreams about and kill it with napalm tomorrow :-) I went through the questions tagged [fake] and it deserves to be gone. So unless somebody has something against it (which I really doubt) kill it with fire. –  PeeHaa Sep 29 '13 at 19:46
    
@PeeHaa: as I said, give some time to the people. It has been around only a few hours, and it is weekend. I do not see the point in rushing and then saying this was the "wide community consensus". I would actually hold it off for a week at least to give everyone who cares enough time to raise objections. –  lpapp Sep 29 '13 at 19:49

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