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Please burninate the tag.

It adds no value and appears to have been used haphazardly.

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  • Should [infinite-loop] be burninated, if [stuck] is burninated? – Andrew Grimm Nov 9 '11 at 3:54
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    @AndrewGrimm, [infinite-loop] appears to be serving a purpose. [Stuck] appears to be tagged randomly for a variety of meta and looping scenarios. Perhaps a few "stuck" questions could be retagged as [infinite loop]? A tag synonym made? Probably better just to burninate "stuck" and not look back. – Awesome Poodles Nov 9 '11 at 4:00
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    People can use [infinite-loop] to describe a particular way in which their program isn't working. [Stuck] could be used to describe e.g. a deadlock by someone who doesn't know the correct terminology, but my bet is that it's used mostly by students who are [stuck] on their assignments. – Kevin Nov 26 '11 at 16:11
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I think it's best to both retag it, so they get their tag or whichever they need; and burninate it, so it doesn't reappear in the future.

Whenever something is stuck, it is frozen or hangs. It is an important detail to the question, but the tag itself is indeed unnecessary as it does not tell what exactly has happened.

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  • With only 30 questions (at the time of writing) this is a) sensible and b) feasible. – ChrisF Nov 26 '11 at 16:33
  • @ChrisF, there were over 40 "stuck" questions when I posted this question. Now there are 0 and it looks like Mat has edited every question, bless him. – Awesome Poodles Nov 26 '11 at 17:13
  • I'll give Mat a few hours (I'm going offline) to post an answer, since he did all that work. Otherwise, this looks like the answer. – Awesome Poodles Nov 26 '11 at 17:17
  • @BrockAdams - I did a few too ;) But even at 40+ it was still sensible to do manually. – ChrisF Nov 26 '11 at 17:21
  • @ChrisF: Yes, and I have retagged many dozens of posts in such efforts. But one of the tags ("STS" IIRC) rises from the dead periodically. That's why I was hoping for a more permanent (and probably dead-easy), SQL-based fix. Still, I don't know why I forgot to come back after a couple of weeks and do this tag the hard way. – Awesome Poodles Nov 26 '11 at 17:30
  • Yeah, that's why I was hoping for a proper "burninate". Just 3 hours ago, someone posted a question with the offending tag. So, I'll subscribe to that tag and play whack-a-mole for... (^_^) – Awesome Poodles Nov 27 '11 at 1:43

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