I can't find an answer to this after searching meta and the help files: how do "typo" tags get killed off? For example, currently there are tags for and , which are both obviously typos. They may even be badge-hunting by people hoping to get a lot of questions tagged incorrectly.

So, how do we get rid of these? My take so far is that it is partly automatic, like "tags that are x days old with no posts are closed automatically," and partly a moderator activity. Is this correct?

Closely related: is there any way for users to suggest destruction of a tag that is obviously irrelevant or a typo other than (1) a meta "burninate" post or (2) marking it as a synonym of a legit tag, which just perpetuates the typo's existence?


Tags without questions are automatically cleared once per day.

Both examples have no questions associated with them and will be gone tomorrow.

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    So, I guess the answer is: obvious typos get fixed in the editing process, so then the tag has no posts and gets nuked automatically. Is that correct? – elixenide Feb 25 '14 at 19:18
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    You got it in one. :-) – Martijn Pieters Feb 25 '14 at 19:18
  • Thanks. Will accept the answer momentarily. – elixenide Feb 25 '14 at 19:18
  • @EdCottrell: please do accept the answer permanently, in a moment. :-P (momentarily means: for a moment, so briefly). – Martijn Pieters Feb 25 '14 at 19:19
  • Ha, okay. Since we're being grammar nerds, though, there's another definition: "at any moment : in a moment". :) – elixenide Feb 25 '14 at 19:20
  • @EdCottrell: Hrmz, popular use forcing the meaning to change. Just like literally literally changing meaning as we speak. – Martijn Pieters Feb 25 '14 at 19:24
  • This is literally true. :) – elixenide Feb 25 '14 at 19:25
  • @EdCottrell: ha, the Oxford dictionary confirms that your use of momentarily is entirely North American. I can feel superiour again now. Momentarily. :-P – Martijn Pieters Feb 25 '14 at 19:28

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