The and tags have no tag wiki, only 5 resp. 8 questions, and (especially the first one) are not used in a consistent way. I can see some point in focusing on tips & tricks for using Stack Exchange, but we could also use for that (that tag lacks guidance too, by the way). Thoughts?

  • efficiency and productivity might be of interest to those who like to talk about cost (another tag having a low number of questions and no tag excerpt)
    – Rubén
    Nov 25, 2020 at 17:59
  • Looking at the questions the first two seem a real rag-bag. I do not think any harm would come if they were eliminated. Many questions and answers provide tips so it is unclear what benefit having a small number tagged tips is so I would be inclined to eliminate that one too.
    – mdewey
    Nov 25, 2020 at 18:11
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    Proposed title: The existence of these tags come at a high [cost] and reduce my [efficiency] and [productivity]
    – Luuklag
    Nov 25, 2020 at 19:04
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    Yeah, more tags can be burninated, but I don't want to risk the question becoming t̶o̶o̶ ̶b̶r̶o̶a̶d̶ needs more focus...
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Nov 25, 2020 at 19:35
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    What about this title?: Overseeing the [cost] undermines our [efficiency] and [productivity] :D
    – Rubén
    Nov 25, 2020 at 20:36
  • Although this did not attract much interest nobody seems to have objected to my suggestion so shall I go ahead and do the re-tagging or would you like to do it?
    – mdewey
    Dec 2, 2020 at 14:05
  • @mdewey yeah, this has been up for a week now and we seem to have consensus. You may do the honors; personally, I would avoid doing too many edits at once, as not to flood the homepage with bumps; 3-4 per day should be fine.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Dec 2, 2020 at 14:24
  • Under way. I also put in a brief wiki about tips.
    – mdewey
    Dec 2, 2020 at 14:45
  • Having mdewey burniate can lead to edit rejections, whereas if Glorfindel did them they wouldn't go to review.
    – Rob
    Dec 5, 2020 at 8:40

3 Answers 3


Just to update here.

I started work on re-tagging as there appeared to be a consensus that this was worthwhile. Subsequently a dissenting view appeared here and some of my edits were rejected from the Suggested Edits queue. I have therefore concluded that the consensus was more apparent than real and have stopped the re-tagging process. I have contributed wikis for the two tags which seem to cover most of the cases and .

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Let me make a concrete proposal for comment.

If there is a common theme behind the and tags it is people trying to improve their personal efficiency in using the site. They are not asking how to make the underlying software more efficient. It is therefore hard to see any difference between that and asking for tips about how to use the site so I would propose that all three sets of threads could be combined as . I think one of the questions asks about tooltips which is slightly different but tagging is never perfect.


Thanks for all your efforts, these tags have been burninated!

Burnination dragon


I strongly disagree both the question and the answer. Instead of eliminating the tags, they should be fixed. Using SE sites to increase personal productivity and efficiency should be a top important topic on the metas.

Renaming these tags to "tips" is nearly so bad as deleting them.

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