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As might have been expected, now that has been expunged, is starting to take its place!

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The same thing is happening with best-practices and best-practises. Perhaps we should merge questions like these into one "list of banned tag synonyms" question? (That's {banned tag} synonyms, not banned {tag synonyms}.) – Pops Aug 10 '10 at 14:24
if we have to choose, my vote is definitely for [beginner]... – Gordon Gustafson Aug 10 '10 at 14:32
Hmmm, another tag taking the place of a banned one. Where have I heard that before? ;) – gnostradamus Aug 10 '10 at 14:35
@gnovice: Time to change back to gnostradamus? – mmyers Aug 10 '10 at 14:37
@mmyers: "Every time I try to get out, they keep pulling me back in!" – gnostradamus Aug 10 '10 at 14:55
@gnovice: I don't think anybody would have predicted otherwise - but 10 questions tagged [newbie] are easier to deal with than 5000 questions tagged [beginner]. Surely we can deal with these little flare-ups individually with the synonyms feature. – Aarobot Aug 10 '10 at 15:18
@Aarobot: I was really just joking a bit with my comment, but on a more serious note, how exactly does one create a tag synonym for a tag that has been banned? Normally, you create a synonym by going to the info page for that tag, but there is no page for a banned tag (at least not one I have found yet). – gnostradamus Aug 10 '10 at 15:40
@gnovice: You can still type the tag page into the address bar and get the info page, but it won't let you add a synonym. I assume that diamond mods can do this, though, and if not, certainly the admins can do it on the back-end. (Once we weed out the first few blacklist-workaround-tag attempts, I doubt that it'll come up often enough to matter.) – Aarobot Aug 10 '10 at 18:36
There already was a [newbie] -> [beginner] synonym, so probably that was deleted when the tag was banned. – sth Aug 10 '10 at 18:53
How is this happening? I thought only high-rep users could create tags. – Andrew Grimm Aug 10 '10 at 23:22
@Andrew If someone has already created a tag, then even if it is reduced to 0 in count someone will be able to add it to a question. As well, a lot of these tags did exist from very early on in the site and were simply never cleaned up, like [opinion]. – Grace Note Aug 12 '10 at 17:02
@Grace Note: I thought zombie tags were killed at the end of the day! – Andrew Grimm Aug 13 '10 at 13:07

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SO needs a, This tag will self-destruct in 10, 9, 8, ... If you don't remove the tag in time, not only will the tag be destroyed but your question too.

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... And your monitor. – mmyers Aug 10 '10 at 19:54
@mmyers You leave my Monitor out of this! – nb69307 Aug 10 '10 at 21:21

Late to the party as usual, here is the related entry from the Tag Synonyms Repository if a mod wants to do anything with it:

[beginner]: [beginners], [newbie], [newb], [n00b], [noob], [new-user], [new-users], [new-developer], [new-developers], [beginning]

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As of today, none of those tags are in use on SO. (Since I didn't see any update here.) – Gnome Sep 2 '10 at 6:54