I found a silly tag. It's called

The description is WRONG TAG! Use [javascript] instead!. So why does this tag still exist? Can tags be deleted? Will this tag ever be deleted? I think it's useless, and just taking up space.

We don't need it. So why do we want it? Do we want it, or just no mods have seen it (can mods delete tags)?

I think the person who made this tag was just creating spam. Even if you mistype , it's easily accessible in the main tag page. Mods or the admins or someone should be able to see who makes these tags, because for the people who are trusted who can make tags might make more mistakes like this, and probably be restricted from tag creating for maybe a day? Does anyone agree?


I just realized from the answers that tags do indeed get deleted if they don't have any questions within 24 hours. Thanks for the information! I will read more (for those interested, it has a question at How can we get rid of misspelled and unused (or "zombie") tags? - thanks DoorknobOfSnow).


I just again realized that there are many zombie tags, such as . But they will all be deleted as shown in the answer to How can we get rid of misspelled and unused (or "zombie") tags?.


If everyone is wondering why those tag links are broken (not yet), it's probably because they are now deleted (because they are zombie tags).

  • Yeah, let's delete it. In general, tags that exist due to a misspelling shouldn't exist. – Dennis Meng Jan 26 '14 at 17:53
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    The Java CryptKeeper is going to be really upset that someone misspelled the name of his hangout. – Shog9 Jan 26 '14 at 18:03
  • Of coarse it exists. Javascript is a popular language. – user12211554 Dec 8 '18 at 21:39

There are currently no questions tagged with it, meaning it's a "zombie tag." The system automatically deletes these with a script that runs once every day at 3:00 AM or so (UTC).

I'm not sure your last paragraph makes much sense. Tags get created by accident, humans are not infallible, we do make typos occasionally. Would you want to be completely banned from a privilege just because you made a tiny one-character typo? Does it really matter anyway?

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  • Can you please provide the page that says this so I can read more? Also, I don't think you can mistype Javascript with it being on the main tag page and all – Cilan Jan 26 '14 at 17:57
  • @ManofSnow meta.stackexchange.com/q/19753/180276 – Doorknob Jan 26 '14 at 17:58
  • I didn't recall the link in your answer :) also, re-stating, my question states that the Javascript tag is about the 3rd tag, how can someone try to re-create it? – Cilan Jan 26 '14 at 18:00
  • @ManofSnow Umm... the 3rd what? I'm not sure what you're trying to say – Doorknob Jan 26 '14 at 18:01
  • If you go here, it's the 3rd tag shown. It's pretty hard to miss that, and I'm sure stackoverflow tells the people who are making tags would check if it already exist – Cilan Jan 26 '14 at 18:01
  • @ManofSnow No, [javascript] is the third most commonly used tag. I don't see [javacript] anywhere there... – Doorknob Jan 26 '14 at 18:02
  • I see it, in a blue box. How can someone go to the tags page without seeing Javascript blue in a box? – Cilan Jan 26 '14 at 18:03
  • @ManofSnow Could you post a screenshot? [javacript] has no questions tagged with it, so why would it appear on the first page? – Doorknob Jan 26 '14 at 18:03
  • Not Javacript, Javascript. The person who created Javacript was obviously trying to create a Javascript tag, and didn't look to see if it existed first – Cilan Jan 26 '14 at 18:04
  • @ManofSnow People make typos... are you saying that you're perfect and never make a mistake? – Doorknob Jan 26 '14 at 18:05
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    Are you saying tags are automatically created when people include them in their questions? In that case, I didn't know – Cilan Jan 26 '14 at 18:06
  • @ManofSnow ...as opposed to new tags just being removed? What else would you expect? – Doorknob Jan 26 '14 at 18:06
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    Yeah, I didn't think it through – Cilan Jan 26 '14 at 18:08

Since this tag has no questions using it, it will be auto deleted at 3:00 UTC tomorrow, as a scheduled task auto deletes tags with no questions in them at that time.

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Will this tag ever be deleted?

The tag has no questions, so it will be deleted within 24 hours.

can mods delete tags?

Yes, they can. There have already been some requests on MSO to delete a tag, they are tagged with the tag.

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