When filtering for "status"-Tags on the Tags page here on MSE, there is a tag . It's not editable and no questions are tagged with that tag:

Moving the mouse on the Tag to get the Tag-Information results in a 404

GET https://meta.stackexchange.com/tags/status-bychaos/subscriber-info?_=1398671265891 404 (Not Found)

But the tag is a synonym of the added back in 2012. The is also not used by any question.

So are the tags and dead and should be burninated?

Edit: this also happens in the favorite/ignored tag autocomplete/selector:

  • Those tags don't seem to exist (no empty wiki excerpt header), nor do they appear on the Tags page when filtered. When did you last see them? Your question is only ten minutes old and this seems like a very unlikely time of day for the empty tag reaper to run... – Charles Apr 28 '14 at 7:48
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    @Charles I just noticed them today, so maybe they get automatically cleaned up. But i think due to the tag synonym these tags will not get deleted by the system – Jehof Apr 28 '14 at 7:51
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    @Charles I took the liberty to add a screenshot. – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Apr 28 '14 at 7:53
  • @ShadowWizard thanks for the edit – Jehof Apr 28 '14 at 7:53
  • @Jehof cheers, also retagged as this is specific for meta and there is nothing to burninate, the bug is likely in the filtering. – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Apr 28 '14 at 7:54
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    @ShadowWizard, super, thanks. They do not appear when just filtering on chaos. – Charles Apr 28 '14 at 7:54
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    Well, for what it's worth CHAOS used to be a team inside Stack Exchange: "CHAOS is a team of eight full-time employees that just started working at Stack Exchange Global World Domination Headquarters in New York, NY" and next to their display name used to be a PSI character instead of diamond. – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Apr 28 '14 at 7:58
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    @ShadowWizard is it a deleted question. I get a 404 on the link – Jehof Apr 28 '14 at 8:00
  • @Jehof yep, I quoted the essential part. – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Apr 28 '14 at 8:00
  • @Jehof OK, full screenshot. (it was PNG originally, imgur converted to JPG probably to save some bytes on their server, sorry!) – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Apr 28 '14 at 8:03
  • I think it has something to do with Working with the Chaos Monkey, and it's a play on status-bydesign. When a bug cannot be reproduced or explained, it's blamed on chaos. – Bill the Lizard Apr 28 '14 at 12:31
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    The OP is right. The tags are "deleted" at the moment, but since that synonym link still exists, the system thinks the tag pair still exists as well. Fixing the issue is just a matter of destroying the synonym. – animuson Apr 28 '14 at 12:57
  • @animuson indeed, there is a synonym. However, ordinary users can't delete it, can you please delete the synonym and put this issue to rest? ;) – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Jan 2 '17 at 9:51
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    @ShadowWizard Gone. – animuson Jan 2 '17 at 14:34


Now the only chaos on Meta is the usual anarchy.

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