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Currently, there are 25 questions on SO that have as one of their tags. A sample of some of these questions' titles are as follows:

It seems like the only way that these questions are related to one another is by chance -- it's not inherently descriptive at all. Could we get rid of this (arguably useless) tag? Does it add any value that I'm not aware of?

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@KennyTM Didn't even realize you could do "[tag:..." –  Donut Dec 15 '10 at 19:25
    
It's a relatively new feature that was implemented a couple weeks ago. You can read up more about it here, Donut. ♪ –  Grace Note Dec 15 '10 at 20:34

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This happens when people don't realize tags can't contain spaces; for example, http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3849415/twitter-oauth-via-php-without-curl was almost certainly tagged "without curl", which turns into -- the author meant to tag it something like . I think the policy in the past has been to blacklist words like "without" that only come up in these situations

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Gotcha... so who does the "blacklisting"? And do you agree that this is an appropriate case for doing so? –  Donut Dec 15 '10 at 20:06
    
@Donut A developer needs to do it. This probably is a good case for it; they'll see your post and comment I imagine –  Michael Mrozek Dec 15 '10 at 20:22
    
Gotcha. Sounds good. –  Donut Dec 15 '10 at 21:03
    
Actually, I think what happens now is that they've raised the bar for creating new tags, such that all we have to do to blacklist it for about 95% of all users is remove all uses of the tag. Then it will be deleted (iirc at midnight utc) and de facto blacklisted. –  Joel Coehoorn Dec 15 '10 at 22:58

Agreed, it is now burninated.

tag burninated

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