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Sometimes, questions get the tag .

And dozens of such questions languish on many sites in this state for ages. (A review queue was once suggested, though it doesn't seem to have gone anywhere.)

When users somehow stumble onto these questions, they see the tag. Except for the fact that it's always a standalone tag and there's never a wiki, it looks just like a normal tag. That feels a bit weird.

So, please create a helpful tag wiki that:

  1. explains what the tag is for, and

  2. directs the user to edit the questions and retag them as necessary.

(And maybe lock the wiki to prevent edits)

This solution was offered more than ten years ago, but it was an answer to a different feature-request. The author of that answer, @Yi Jiang, wrote what looks to me like a pretty good draft; here's a somewhat edited version:

Excerpt:

Eek! These poor questions have lost all of their tags- please help by retagging them.

Body:

Most low-activity tags that exist on only one question are automatically pruned after six months. A question that loses all its tags to this process is magically retagged with the tag. Questions may also receive this tag if they were migrated here from another site.

Please edit these questions to add relevant tags; consider voting to close and/or delete them if they are off-topic.

Adding a few helpful links in the wiki would also be helpful, though this pretty much explains the important parts.

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    I think the excerpt should start with all caps, like "PLEASE RETAG THIS QUESTION". This is one instance where shouting is warranted because we want it to stand out, and it does stand out.
    – toolic
    Commented May 10, 2023 at 22:04
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    The excerpt seems like it might be too confusing, especially to new users. Also, keep in mind that the most common source of [untagged] questions is migration from one site to another (when the original only had tags that don't exist on the destination site, and it's not meta).
    – Laurel
    Commented May 11, 2023 at 1:41
  • I guess the real question is, is it possible for the system to always create the tag excerpt & wiki every time this tag is created, or preserve them even if the tag is gone? Otherwise, there's a possibility of the wiki getting orphaned too many times every time the tag is "fixed" (read: burninated). Commented May 11, 2023 at 15:06
  • @Laurel - I guess it may be confusing; do you have a suggested re-wording? Also, can you please clarify: What exactly does migration have to do with creating this wiki?
    – CDR
    Commented May 11, 2023 at 16:09
  • @Meta Andrew T. - Yeah, I was thinking about that earlier. I think it's certainly possible for them to get this to work, but who knows whether it'll be considered worth it.
    – CDR
    Commented May 11, 2023 at 16:09
  • [Untagged] is used as a placeholder on many migrated questions. See for example this former law question (and look who edited it lol!). The original tags were [us-federal-government], [interpretation], [executive]; none of those exist on ELU (apparently [interpretation] which we have as a tag synonym doesn't count for this).
    – Laurel
    Commented May 11, 2023 at 17:02
  • @Laurel - right, but how does that affect having an explanatory wiki? (Just before the 'federal case' q was migrated, the tags on Law.SE were [united-states] + [law-in-fiction] + [executive] i.e., [interpretation] was removed before it got migrated)
    – CDR
    Commented May 11, 2023 at 17:46
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    It's just that in the explanation you have, there's no mention of untagged migrated questions, even though that's the majority.
    – Laurel
    Commented May 11, 2023 at 19:03

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