On StackOverflow, the tag was marked "DO NOT USE" in the tag cleanup this summer. Despite this it still gets questions posted to it; I noticed 100+ earlier today, which seemed a manageable number, so I've been going through them and editing where appropriate and simply retagging when not.

However in this process, I just noticed that there is also a tag, which was not marked "DO NOT USE" in the tag cleanup. Unlike , it has 692 questions. There's no way I'm editing/retagging all of those. So... Should the tag be merged with the tag? Neither have a tag wiki (well, calculate has the "DO NOT USE" tag wiki) and they seem pretty similar and both useless. But if we just merge them, then we have 700+ questions under a "do not use" tag, which seems like we're, well, using it. So maybe it should be burninated instead? Or maybe it has value I'm missing and should be kept. Still trying to wrap my head around what tags are actually useless and which ones just seem useless to me, and I appreciate meta's help in this matter. Both and seem like meta-tags to me, though, based on the explanation I was linked to earlier this evening.

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  • Or maybe we should all just have a beer. – Robert Harvey Jul 24 '12 at 4:06
  • @RobertHarvey LOL. Should I just leave the tags alone? xD – WendiKidd Jul 24 '12 at 13:03

Agreed, it is now burninated.

tag burninated


I merged with .

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    I don't think it is status-completed, though. There hasn't been any discussion on whether it should stay or not. – nhahtdh Jul 24 '12 at 15:09
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    It's not a particularly useful tag, but it's not actively harmful, either, IMO. I certainly don't think it's worth the effort to revisit 692 questions, and it's not egregious enough to be blacklisted. – Robert Harvey Jul 24 '12 at 15:12
  • What you said make sense. – nhahtdh Jul 24 '12 at 15:33
  • @RobertHarvey I struggle to find any meaning in that tag. Unlike many tags mentioned in tag lineup, this one looks like a good candidate for burninating. What does this tag mean? – Gilles Aug 2 '12 at 8:55
  • If you mean blacklisting, a dev is required for that. I only ask devs to burn the really harmful tags. – Robert Harvey Aug 2 '12 at 14:51

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