Clearly there's a lot of work to do to fix it historically (and I will be quite miffed at people getting overenthusiastic about this) - but previously we had tag blacklists and tag blacklist requests.

We may have a need to request these, and considering it is a request for the use of an SE internal use, it might be a good opportunity to clarify and use the appropriate term for new requests.

Do we have tag blocklists or denylists now?


1 Answer 1


I believe that the related tags have been renamed to and family.

Requests to block a tag can be done through the use of the tag, and the FAQ on the subject has been renamed to use the "block" terminology.

I ventured over to Meta Stack Overflow, and the related tags appear to be blocklist-request and tag-blocklist. So I suppose the naming scheme varies per site.

As you mentioned, a rather large amount of work would be required to clean up all mentions of tag blacklist and family, but the blacklist tags have been synonymized with the "block" terminology tags by an SE employee, with the exception of one last remaining tag. So, at least that part is (mostly) taken care of.

The timing of those synonymizations (is that a word?) appears to line up with Yaakov Ellis's post on SE's stance on the terminology, which mentions...

In that vein, we would like to announce that we have made the following changes on all user-facing portions of the sites:

  • We can confirm that no instances of master/slave are shown in the UI
  • All instances of “blacklist” have been converted to “blocklist”
  • All instances of “whitelist” have been converted to “allowlist”

So... blocklist it is! It appears that this ("blocked tags" and "tag blocklist") is the official term to be used moving forward.

  • 1
    Not quite. The tag renaming of blacklist-request -> tag-block-request was done by an SE employee, which means that's the official term. Oct 26, 2020 at 4:42
  • 1
    @SonictheK-DayHedgehog Yes, I had noticed that. Perhaps I should have mentioned that in my answer...
    – Spevacus
    Oct 26, 2020 at 4:46
  • 1
    What I meant was, it means "blocked tags" is the official term. Oct 26, 2020 at 4:48
  • 1
    Note: At some point, it looks like the [blacklist] tag was renamed to [blocklist] as well. (I don't know when it was renamed or by whom.)
    – V2Blast
    Jan 13, 2022 at 17:51

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .