What is the criteria for determining if an MSO tag should be removed, and is this the same as determining when SO tags should be removed? I never really understand the reasons for most SO tag burninate proposals.

MSO - For example, the following tags on MSO have only 1 question and so seem pretty pointless to me, but would they be zapped?

annotations 1 question
websense 1 question
automatic-votes 1 question

There are plenty more like that.

Are tags which are not causing any issues ignored and left alone?
Is the same principle applied to SO tags?

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    [meta-so] allows for burning of meta tags? – hjpotter92 Oct 14 '13 at 1:07
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    Funny story. The automatic-votes tag was actually created shortly before they got rid of automatic downvotes for closed questions. So it used to be a valid topic that just never had a tag. I suppose you could still use it for the automatic downvote from spam/offensive flags though... – animuson Oct 14 '13 at 1:21
  • @animuson even more so.. I've just noticed the only question using the automatic-votes tag was to request automatic votes for closed questions be removed... Do you bother cleaning tags of this scenario up, or as it's not a nuisance in any way, just ignore them? – James Oct 14 '13 at 1:30
  • @hjpotter92 No. We use meta.meta.so for that. – Cole Johnson Oct 14 '13 at 1:30
  • @James Well, it is a valid topic and there are questions out there that would fall under it. It's just not really worth anyone's time to go retag relevant questions with it. I keep a very close eye on new tags here on Meta and tend to kill them off as they're created if they're not any good (usually because they're duplicates). But a tag only having one question is not necessarily an indicator of a bad tag. – animuson Oct 14 '13 at 1:41
  • Fair enough. I imagine there aren't too many new ones on MSO for you to sort. thanks for the info :) – James Oct 14 '13 at 2:16

Tags older than 6 months without a tag wiki and used on only one question are automatically removed by the system. If you happen to be editing a question with a seemingly-useless tag anyway, go ahead and remove it - otherwise, don't worry about it.

  • ok thanks for the info :) – James Oct 14 '13 at 2:15

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