A quick look at and shows that there are two unrelated uses for the tags: floating-point numbers and a CSS style.

Is that useful to anybody? Should float and floats be banned from any future uses?

I would also suggest that any current uses be changed to or but there are over 1,100 of them that have to be manually checked and edited.

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    We're getting a little overzealous on some tags here
    – random
    Mar 25, 2011 at 22:10
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    Is there a [sink] tag?
    – Rosinante
    Mar 26, 2011 at 0:40
  • @Rosinante: No, but searching for "sink" yields more results than "float"!
    – Gabe
    Mar 26, 2011 at 3:53

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float is an actual keyword in C# and Java (and a few other languages too). It has a very specific meaning: a 32 bit single-precision floating point number.

I see your point about its ambiguity with CSS float. But I don't think your proposed solution is better than the current situation, although I would be in favor of creating a tag synonym for .

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    float has a specific meaning in C#, a different specific meaning in Python, and an unrelated specific meaning in CSS. From meta.stackexchange.com/questions/18878/…: "•Each tag should stand on its own: if a tag only makes sense when used in a group with other tags, something is wrong." Since float only makes sense when combined with css, html, python, c#, java, etc., when is float ever right to use?
    – Gabe
    Mar 26, 2011 at 0:39
  • @Gabe: New users will never figure out your logic, and since there's no way to satisfactorily tag synonym the float tag, I'd say it's better to leave it the way it is. Note that you can always qualify the tag with css or python; this is why we allow multiple tags on a question.
    – user102937
    Mar 27, 2011 at 17:47
  • If you don't allow float as a tag, then when they type float into the tag box, they'll see floating-point and css-floating. At that point won't it be obvious which one to choose?
    – Gabe
    Mar 27, 2011 at 20:19

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