From the accepted answer at Should any Meta post that calls out a user by name be deleted, not just downvoted? :

There's a reason we always kill off the tag every time it appears.

However, it seems this doesn't actually happen. As of now I see two questions thus tagged, one of which is from all the way back in 2011.

Shouldn't the tag simply be blocked, so that such "killing off" is not required? The system also currently allows me to type such a tag in the list on this question, and it will appear as a tag (of course, I am not submitting the post with that tag).

  • @Shog9 : Do we need specific-user-tag? It almost has been one month since it was created, it still has no wiki and still has only one question. Could you please add the tag excerpt?
    – Rubén
    Commented Oct 1, 2023 at 21:44
  • Related : Any problem with burninating [problem-user] tag?
    – Rubén
    Commented Oct 1, 2023 at 21:49
  • If there are no more questions on the topic in a few months, it should be automatically removed @ruben. Tags should generally be self-managing.
    – Shog9
    Commented Oct 2, 2023 at 14:04
  • I'm asking just in case you have something in mind that you missed to share. Thanks for replying.
    – Rubén
    Commented Oct 2, 2023 at 14:11

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I've removed it for now

I think part of the issue is that clearing out a tag is a lot less 'work' than the formal tag blocklisting process. Better tooling to do this might be handy and I'll check up and bring it up via the appropriate channels at some point if we haven't already

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    Isn't there a way to just, well, add a tag to blocklist? Commented Sep 2, 2023 at 7:17
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    Get a CM to do it generally. Which dosen't scale Commented Sep 2, 2023 at 11:09
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    That may not "scale", but how often do we actually encounter tags requiring such treatment? Commented Sep 2, 2023 at 13:05
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    Surprisingly often. And it takes no time at all to do a request and clear. Commented Sep 2, 2023 at 13:06
  • Technically, CMs can't actually do tag blocks at the moment. We need a dev. We have a long-standing request to add UI for CMs that won't allow us to break things because we're not regex experts... and that's actually seeing some movement but it's not quite next up for prioritization.
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 7, 2023 at 6:57
  • Well, We'd need to ping a CM to ping a dev to... or do it ourselves when needed. Its not a few hundred posts or anything :D Commented Sep 7, 2023 at 7:00

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