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The general procedure is as follows: First, burninate the tag, if there are currently questions tagged with it. If there aren't currently questions tagged with it, you probably don't need to have it blocked - but see Step #2. Once the tag is gone - no longer used on any questions - decide if it needs to be blocked from ever being used again. Some tags, ...


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The short answer here is that tag blocking was not designed as an integral part of the tag system. It's an add-on, intended for rare problems that cannot be handled any other way. That may not remain true forever, but that's how it is right now. The long answer is that there's effectively no difference between burninating a tag and... never using the tag in ...


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The system is not referencing blocked tags here - there is no rule blocking such a tag. The error is a result of an odd situation that has occurred on Web Apps. Currently, there is a synonym that exists for chart that directs it to charts, but the charts tag itself has since been deleted and no longer exists, requiring it to be created again. However, ...


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What is a blocked tag? A blocked tag (formerly blacklisted tag) is a tag that can no longer be used in a specific Stack Exchange community. Blocked tags are automatically prevented from being used or created on a site. What are the reasons for blocking a tag? A tag may be marked as blocked for a number of reasons. It may be a redundant tag, such as a game ...


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One major reason is that it is simply not necessary in most cases to blacklist. Not all tags come back, and if you have an attentive community they'll often quickly remove bad tags if they appear again. Blacklists are useful for tags that appear to be a good idea at first, but that are problematic if you think about it a bit longer. Those are likely to be ...


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OH NO QUICK GET EVERYTHING OF VALUE AND GET OUT BEFORE THE PLACE BUR... It's still blacklisted, so it can't get back in through the efforts of a human being typing it; the most annoying thing that could happen is a post becomes edit-blocked until someone removes the blacklisted tag. This shouldn't have happened, I distinctly remember Shog9 taking an axe ...


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With the understanding that we're talking about an edge case of an edge case... this request clearly has good intentions, but it seems like it could lead to mild abuse. The reason for overriding an edit is to undo changes; changes which are inadvertently harmful or outright malicious. Disallowing such overrides in some cases would make bad content last ...


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Yeah, that was a bad regex: ^raspberry|pi$ instead of ^(raspberry|pi)$. The difference is subtle but important. Try again now - should be fixed.


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Now there is a new feature, which allows adding some message when blacklisting. For more details see this post, which is now marked as status-completed: Allow adding a specific message / guidance to blacklists


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Only SE devs can blacklist a tag, for obvious reasons. The procedure of blacklisting a tag is exhaustive and takes time, as explained by this answer Burninating a tag simply means that a tag is not needed in the current time. But that doesn't mean that it should be disallowed forever. A word that is unwanted one day can become the subject of many questions ...


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Meh; easy solution here is just to disable the blocklist until/unless the tag is cleaned up and in an "archive-only" state. So I've done that. Edit away...


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