Let's face it. Nobody reads tag-wikis these days.

For this reason, the 5 most recent questions tagged as are all questions, which new users didn't read the tag wikis (or didn't care, frankly), and it just adds work for the moderators.

What if we disambiguate the tag into three separate things:

(used for the geometric arc shape)
(used for apple's automatic reference counting system) (done)
(used for Semantic Web Standards related questions)

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  • If I could get some help fixing up the existing tags, I'll synonymize [arc] with [geometric-arc]. – Robert Harvey Jun 27 '12 at 22:12
  • @Robert I think that I got most of them, but a few may have slipped through the cracks. – Richard J. Ross III Jun 27 '12 at 23:36
  • @RobertHarvey - Things looked cleaned up here. Do we still want to do the [geometric-arc] synonym for [arc]? – Brad Larson Jul 26 '12 at 15:22
  • @BradLarson I think so. It really will help new people coming in, to prevent mistagging. It's either that or blacklist the tag. – Richard J. Ross III Jul 26 '12 at 15:46

I've synonymized and . Should make the correct tag a lot more obvious for the majority of folks asking questions, and at least doesn't make the situation any worse than blacklisting would for folks asking about geometry.


I've retagged a few more questions, one about adaptive cache replacement and a few about the Arc programming language for which there is the tag.

I think can safely be synonimized into now.


Looking at the current state of it seems that all the recent questions are for .

Should we do the cleanup again and then a mod move the rest to as synomize won't work here,

  • I cleaned up a few. And I think a few other user also edited and retagged irrelevant questions. All noise should be gone by now. – nhahtdh Jul 19 '12 at 14:05
  • I make a sweep of this tag once every couple of weeks. People are starting to get the idea, as far fewer questions are just tagged with [arc] compared to what we once saw. – Brad Larson Jul 19 '12 at 14:13
  • Still the last 10 questions are all ref counting and 8 in the last two days – Mark Jul 26 '12 at 9:36
  • Now cleaned up can a mod please remove the tag now – Mark Jul 26 '12 at 10:05
  • @Mark Merged into [geometric-arc] and synonymized. – Adam Lear Jul 26 '12 at 22:39
  • @AnnaLear - the point was not to synonymize but to remove arc now users will keep using arc probably for the wrong reason – Mark Jul 27 '12 at 1:28
  • @AnnaLear we are getting one arc question a day and all are automatic ref counting - can we delete the arc tag not synomize it – Mark Aug 2 '12 at 11:36
  • @Mark I removed the synonym. Sorry about that. I'll see about blacklisting it since it keeps getting misused. – Adam Lear Aug 2 '12 at 14:47

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