Our top-rated tag is . However this tag is nearly useless: the word usage is right there in the site title, and almost every question on the site could be construed to be about "usage" in some sense. I manually retagged every question that had only the tag, but this spammed the Active Questions page, so I'm appealing for mod/dev assistance in cutting down the rest of them.

For many questions that have with some other tags, the tag can be removed without any loss of information in the question. Here's some examples:

These are fine questions with good tags -- but they all have added to them for no good reason. Therefore, I suggest that all questions with 3 or more tags that include the tag simply be stripped of . I looked through several pages of questions and didn't find any cases where this made the question worse or where the tag was adding any useful information.

This should knock out of the top spot and hopefully break the precedent of adding to almost everything. The remaining questions will need to be retagged by hand, in small batches to avoid too much activity spam.


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OK, the tag was removed.

There is one question now.


I figured the two big tags here would be and . As in, "How do I use this?" and "What does this mean?" I do agree that the sheer amount of tags is ridiculous but I am unconvinced that it wouldn't be a useful tag if used properly.

In other news, I am fully willing to help manually retag stuff. If is next on the chopping block I will start hacking away.

EDIT: The comments here clarified my confusion; I agree, is (or should be) completely redundant.

  • I have no problem with [meaning], since there often isn't anything better for it. But [usage] is almost anything -- it's like [english] or [question]. Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 18:56
  • Generally speaking, questions about meaning are not questions about usage... or am I missing something? I guess I could see a parallel between [usage] and [grammar] or [grammaticality].
    – MrHen
    Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 18:59
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    What I mean is that [meaning] usually can't be replaced with anything much more specific. [usage], however, should often be retagged [word-choice] or [grammaticality] or [differences] or any number of other things. The umbrella term [usage] is too broad. Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 19:10
  • @JSBangs: Ah, got it.
    – MrHen
    Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 19:12

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