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There are currently 36 questions tagged, "essay". Nearly two thirds of them are closed or on hold. Most of the questions tagged with are due to OP needing to write an essay, rather than being about essays. Let's consider deleting this tag.

Is there any way that future use of the tag can be blocked, so that it doesn't reappear in new questions?

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    I completely agree. Not much can be done here with a question about essays in the first place. – Adam May 11 '15 at 4:59
  • Yes. The tag is useless. – Jared May 13 '15 at 15:39
  • So, do we have a consensus? I don't know if deleting a flag can be done globally, as a moderator task, or if I should just get busy removing it, question by question. – Ellie Kesselman May 13 '15 at 23:02
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    Delete all the tags. They serve no purpose and are hopelessly disorganized. – John Lawler May 14 '15 at 16:34
  • @JohnLawler Delete ALL the tags? I wouldn't mind doing that, but will start with essay. – Ellie Kesselman May 14 '15 at 17:40
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    I disagree with @JohnLawler's comment about the tags. They do serve a purpose, and that is allowing one to narrow down a search. They're also useful for people who specialise in a particular topic such as etymology. – Dog Lover May 19 '15 at 8:33
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    Could you edit your question and ask how to prevent a tag from being reused in the future? Yesterday I went through retagging ten questions that were tagged words and today, a new question popped up using that very same tag. – Mari-Lou A May 20 '15 at 6:49
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    @Mari-LouA Good idea; it is done. – Ellie Kesselman May 20 '15 at 7:09
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I am deleting instances of . I will do a few each day, so they don't flood the new or newly edited question view. Feel free to remove some if you're so inclined.

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    +1. We appreciate your work. – Tushar Raj May 19 '15 at 20:34
  • @Area51DetectiveFiction You are most welcome! I am moving along, pruning a little each day. I think there are about 10 remaining. – Ellie Kesselman May 20 '15 at 4:49
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    There is a problem though. Until the tag is deleted any user can tag their question essay and the system will accept it. Hence my question to the mods: Is there a way to block users from using this tag? – Mari-Lou A May 20 '15 at 6:32
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    @Mari-LouA You're right, and that is happening already. New questions are appearing, using the same old essay tag. It would be great if users could be blocked from using it as a tag for future questions. – Ellie Kesselman May 20 '15 at 7:06

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