I asked this question here on MSE a while ago, as a , which later got rejected by a moderator. After doing edits to most of my questions, I thought it would be a good idea to change the original tag into a tag and to delete the tag too.

However, when I went to edit the tags, it showed this error:

Moderator tag error

That basically meant I wasn't able to remove the moderator tag, and I had to add it back, even though I switched the whole topic of the question and all of the other tags.

How can I remove a moderator tag, do I have to ask a moderator to remove it?

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    “even though I switched the whole topic of the question” — you’re not supposed to do that. Ask a new question instead. Nov 14, 2018 at 1:21
  • @Xufox I thought of that, but if I asked a new question it would basically also be a duplicate to my original one and another question too. Nov 14, 2018 at 1:25
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    @Devealte questions tagged support are very rarely, if ever, duplicates of separate questions tagged feature-request. Support questions are asking if there already is a way to do something. Feature requests are asking to add a new feature that doesn't exist Nov 14, 2018 at 1:31
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    The question that you have linked to is here on Meta SE, but you say it is on Meta SO.
    – PolyGeo
    Nov 14, 2018 at 2:20
  • Possible duplicate of Edited question makes answers incorrect
    – gnat
    Nov 14, 2018 at 9:43
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    @gnat no, that is totally not a duplicate. Nov 14, 2018 at 11:57
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    @ShadowWizard 100k on MSE! Wew lad.
    – user1228
    Nov 14, 2018 at 16:05

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… wasn't able to remove the moderator tag … even though I switched the whole topic of the question

If you are completely changing the subject of your question, you should just ask a new question. Once a question has been asked and answered, it's a bit odd (and perhaps inappropriate) to try and change it to something else in-place.

Moderator tags, as their name suggests, are for moderators only. You cannot add or remove any moderator tags on any questions. But if you do have a valid reason to have a moderator tag removed, flag it for moderator attention and select the option "in need of moderator intervention" to explain the situation.

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