I've recently felt that my work in the Unanswered queue has hit a stable point and have moved on to helping fix up the tags. My first attempt was to scan through the tags looking for overlap so we can merge tags that are not providing a useful distinction from other, already existing tags.
The first target was phrase-requests as noted in this meta discussion: Can we merge [single-word-requests] and [phrase-requests]?.
Despite getting generally positive support for the merge, the synonym request was apparently voted down after I reminded people that tag merging can be voted on. So that's brilliant. Yet again, a small but active minority has blocked progress on this site.
So this is a rant. If you, as a general community, feel it is appropriate to just downvote tag synonyms because you see some minute technical difference then I have no idea what you think tags are for. I have little interest in helping clean up the tags on ELU if people want to keep a bunch of demonstrably useless tags around. Especially if people feel it is appropriate to actively fight me during the voting process.
Therefore, you tell me what you think the tags are for. Tell me:
- Why we have tags
- How to determine the usefulness of a tag
- How to determine whether two tags should be synonyms
- Which tags are commonly misused
I have personal opinions on all of these points but I don't feel like arguing with you lot anymore. All you do is complain about the state of things but then fight the few people who are actively making an effort to improve the state of things.
But, foolishly, you never seem to realize that there are differing opinions based on nothing but hunches and you will never reach an actual consensus. And now that you feel it is necessary to block tag cleanup from occurring, you are doomed to leaving the tag situation the way it is.
So here is your last chance to figure it out. And when, inevitably, a significant portion of you is outvoted suck it up and realize you have two choices: (a) throw a fit and block progress or (b) let the site move forward even if it isn't in the direction you prefer.