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Imagine someone just posted a question tagged with "fan". Let's go and answer it. Will it be about a Facebook fan, a PC fan, or a wall-mounted fan?

Do you agree that the tag is totally meaningless? It has 81 posts tagged under it.

I hope Trogdor is not on vacation or helping out Santa to ...

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    At least one's about a GL_TRIANGLE_FAN also. Most are about Facebook, though. – Geobits Dec 20 '13 at 5:47
  • yeah the tag-wiki says it as PC fan, but misused for Social networking . – Azik Dec 20 '13 at 5:48
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    If the tag commonly means different things to different people, it’s probably a meta-tag. I think [fan] fits this criteria perfectly. – Aziz Shaikh Dec 20 '13 at 5:51
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    I'd say this is a good candidate for burnination. It's not particularly useful in any of the situations it's being used. – animuson Dec 20 '13 at 6:07
  • This question appears to be off-topic because it is about Stack Overflow tags and the request is already [status-completed] – Aziz Shaikh May 19 '14 at 12:58
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Being a no-life I've retagged all questions with tag related to facebook to the tag. Most of other questions using the tag seem to fit the current definition:

A computer fan is any fan inside, or attached to, a computer case used for active cooling, and may refer to fans that draw cooler air into the case from the outside, expel warm air from inside, or move air across a heatsink to cool a particular component.

However these two questions:

suggest that the tag should mean something else. Also, most of these questions I've processed should be closed - but I've ran out of close votes.

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    The "Fan" programming language is now known as Fantom, which has its own tag now (fantom). I've proposed edits and retags on both those Fantom questions. – doppelgreener Jan 20 '14 at 0:52
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I would suggest that you go through and disambiguate some of them before requesting the final burnination - so that people can tell the difference between and . Note that there is already a which might be a candidate for some of the retags.

Once the facebook ones and the few remaining legitimate ones are done, all that's left can be fried in last year's turkey fat.

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Given the description of the tag, it seems that the fan tag should be removed from the questions using "Facebook fan" (and similar) interpretations.

Description of the tag:

A computer fan is any fan inside, or attached to, a computer case used for active cooling, and may refer to fans that draw cooler air into the case from the outside, expel warm air from inside, or move air across a heatsink to cool a particular component.

Source: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/fan

The longer info supports this as well: https://stackoverflow.com/tags/fan/info

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  • Having a tag description does not mean that the tag existence is valid. I am questioning about if the tag is valid for Stack Overflow or not. – Aziz Shaikh Dec 20 '13 at 7:09
  • Fair -- my point was simply that the fan tag shouldn't be meaningless, its definition should prevent wondering whether it's about "Facebook fan, PC fan," etc. @slugster spelled out my point a bit more explicitly by suggesting disambiguation -- once the tag is only applied to questions which actually match the tag's topic, it'll at least be clearer what we're dealing with. – DreadPirateShawn Dec 20 '13 at 7:14
  • Valid argument but I think "fan" is invalid because of this: If the tag commonly means different things to different people, it’s probably a meta-tag. – Aziz Shaikh Dec 20 '13 at 7:25
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    @AzizShaikh: I look forward to your request to burninate [windows]. – Wooble Dec 20 '13 at 12:44
  • @Wooble to programmers windows mainly relates to a OS built by MS but fan is open to interpretations – Aziz Shaikh Dec 20 '13 at 13:08
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    @AzizShaikh: as a programmer, to me "windows" are a UI element. I'd have to read the tag wiki summary to know that the tag shouldn't be used to talk about them. – Wooble Dec 20 '13 at 13:27

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