The tag on Stack Overflow is dependent on the tag, the FAQ states the tags should not exist if they cannot stand alone on a question (which this one cannot).

How can it be removed? Does it need a moderator attention? Or can a normal user vote on it for deletion?

  • Because I don't know PHP, I can't comment on whether PHP's file_get_contents() function is a topic which requires a tag, but wouldn't it solve the problem to rename it php-file-get-contents? Nov 7 '11 at 16:53
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    I'm not sure whether this requires a tag in the first place.
    – Pekka
    Nov 7 '11 at 16:55
  • No, get_file_contents() is a function in PHP, there's no point of having a tag named after it. Nov 7 '11 at 16:55
  • @Pekka my point exactly, I'm saying there's no point in this tag, so it should be deleted. Nov 7 '11 at 17:00

I vote for getting rid of the tag altogether.


  • Awesome, but how do you vote for it? (is there something like vote to close or vote to delete on posts? or do you need moderator intervention?) Nov 7 '11 at 17:02
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    @Truth nope, starting a support request on Meta as you did is the canonical way to go I think
    – Pekka
    Nov 7 '11 at 17:03
  • @Pekka - Yes, and adding the appropriate tag also helps if it needs to be blacklisted: the tag-blacklist-request tag is for for problem tags that need to be permanently banned. On a related note, retag-request if you want to merge one tag into another and/or create a synonym, but I don't think that there are tags to request burnination (which you've correctly identified that this tag deserves) or to request tag creation. Nov 7 '11 at 17:13
  • @Kevin good points. Unfortunately, philistine Jeff has burninated burninate-request which was the perfect tag for these requests
    – Pekka
    Nov 7 '11 at 17:14
  • @Pekka - After some research, that seems to be due to this question (I disagree with the burnination of most of those tags...), and Jeff justified it here, stating that retag-request should be used instead, despite the tag wiki stating otherwise. Nov 7 '11 at 17:21

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