I have been cleaning up tags on SU today and accidentally created a new tag by hitting return when the tag suggestion drop-down highlighted the tag I wanted. I probably should have pressed tab instead....

Anyway, I would like a confirmation when a new tag is created, both as a way to avoid stupid mistakes and as a place to add a few pointers on tag creation.

For example:

Tag FOO does not exist, are you sure you want to create it.

Please make sure that

  1. there isn't an existing tag or sets of tags that can be used instead.
  2. there isn't an alternative spelling already in use
  3. it's not a meta-tag
  4. isn't comprised of numbers only
  5. it's spelled correctly

before you proceed

  • I can see you don't have 10k abilities on any site yet -- I'm putting it out there that I would like this feature to also be implemented for the in-page retagging tool (although the message can be terse since 10k's should know what they're doing).
    – Jon Seigel
    Oct 3, 2010 at 15:06
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    I think this should only show up on sites that don't have the lower rep limits of beta. People often need to create tags on new sites.
    – C. Ross
    Oct 3, 2010 at 15:16
  • Yeah its a very good suggestion.Not very necessary but will be a nice feature if added to stack exchange sites Feb 15, 2011 at 10:28
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    Perhaps the confirmation message could automatically show tags with similar names (defining "similar" is left as an exercise). May 14, 2012 at 3:45
  • +1 from me. I seem to have created specific-tag accidentally (I mis-remembered that it already existed). I was surprised that there wasn't even a tiny "are you sure"? (But I'm flattered, that SO trusts me that much ;-)) Jun 10, 2013 at 17:15

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I think if they just gave a small window of time that you could delete tags you just created, it would solve most problems that you'd need the warning for.

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