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Against single word requests

We've discussed single-word-requests before: Are single word requests always welcomed questions? Are word requests allowed? The consensus of earlier discussions was that these questions are on the ...
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Should we prefer singular or plural in tags?

This being a site about English language, we should be well-equipped to decide about something like this, eh? :) Should we prefer singular or plural in tags, in cases where both would make sense? ...
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Blacklist the [words] tag

The tag words has been heavily discouraged since the early days of the site. A few weeks ago I manually retagged every question that used words, and there are currently no questions with that tag, ...
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Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

As everyone probably knows, very few people actually follow the main rule of single-word-requests: YOU MUST INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE Thus we have many low-quality questions, many of which get ...
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Does the “usage” tag have any value?

Seems like pretty much every question is a usage question, so keeping around a "usage" tag seems about as pointless as having a "programming" tag at Stack Overflow would be. Does anyone object to my ...
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Tag for questions about whether a language feature is acceptable/common?

Lots of questions on the site ask if a word/phrase/construct is acceptable, correct or common (as opposed to unacceptable, erroneous or obsolete). For example: Recent example about "agreeance" https:...
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Can we merge [single-word-requests] and [phrase-requests]?

This is an explicit proposal to merge single-word-requests and phrase-requests but before I actually submit the merge suggestion I want to garner support and/or feedback. What are the tags? Currently, ...
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Should the 'language' tag be deleted?

The language seems like the ultimate cop-out tag. It has five questions with an accumulated score of -8, I expect it to sink further today with the question that made me stumble upon it. There is no ...
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Call to action: Let's tidy up the currency tag

As already previously discussed in this question, its answer and comments the currency tag is as ambiguous as they get. This is the tag description: usefulness of this tag is under debate If ...
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Is [acceptability] a meta-tag?

Is acceptability a meta-tag as described in http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags/? If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’s probably a meta-tag. Every ...
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ELU tagging guideline

I am suggesting to create a guideline post describing how to tag specifically for the ELU taxonomy. The discussions in chat and all the posts and comments regarding tags on meta lead me to believe ...
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Are typography questions on-topic or off-topic?

Before adding a votable answer to the on-topic-off-topic question I figured some discussion would be appropriate. Are typography questions on-topic or off-topic? Why there's a difference between the ...
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Getting our dirty words into one place

Currently we have tags for all of the following: taboo, vulgar, offensive, expletives, obscenity, euphemisms, pejorative, swearing, and insults This is a bit... excessive. So I'm now accepting ...
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Proof-reading tag: what to do with it?

Proof-reading is currently explicitly off-topic. That's because finding mistakes in a passage isn't particularly useful: Posters on a site for "serious enthusiasts" should have a reasonable knowledge ...
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Let's get rid of the “correction” tag

Is there any value in the tag correction? Currently 87 questions are infected with that hideous tag. Since unspecified proofreading is off-topic I don't think this should be used as tag anywhere. We ...
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What are [expression-requests] tag for?

I think most questions asking for an English equivalent of proverbs or sayings in other languages use 3 tags together - idiom-requests, phrase-requests and expression-requests. An expression is ...
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Burninate [opinion], please

Today, a user contested the closure of his question with this comment: And yet there are opinion based questions all over this site. There is even an 'opinion' tag already. And he's right, there ...
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“Word” tag — useful?

There are currently 20 posts tagged word. Is this tag useful? Most of the questions seem to be word-choice (a tag I created and am not crazy about -- the idea is right, but I don't like the term) or ...
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American vs. British vs. Aussie, vs… ?

Questions about usage in different geographical areas are going to come up a lot. Plenty of answers are going to have to distinguish between standard usage on one continent versus another. Is there ...
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What is the point of the Microsoft-Word tag?

I noticed recently that a question used the tag microsoft-word. Since this question was about the usage of a specific program, it was moved to Super User to which it is much better suited. There ...
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Is the vocabulary tag helpful?

It seems to me that the vocabulary tag is mostly superfluous. I found this old post from 2010 which compares the tags words, which has since been rightfully discontinued, word-choice, single-word-...
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What is the meaning of the descriptivism tag?

I never noticed the descriptivism tag until today, when it *was** used for this question which is now closed. At present, there are ten uses of the descriptivism tag on the site, including the closed ...
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Delete [puzzle] tag

I just noticed there were 4 questions with puzzle. I think it's a worthless tag, so I removed it from those four questions. Assuming that's a sensible thing to have done, what needs to happen to get ...
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List of tags that are blacklisted, burninated or under discussion

I had a look at the meta discussions that are about burninating, blacklisting/deleting or creating tags. I made a list of them. Why? It's for two purposes. Firstly, to have an overview about our ...
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Tag hygiene - quotation marks as punctuation v. quotations as famous sayings

If you look at everything tagged quotes, it's a mix of questions about the punctuation mark and questions about famous sayings. It might be useful to tidy this up and split them out. What about: for ...
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Creating the new tag “sexist-language”

Congratulation! The sexist-language tag suggested by me has been approved as an edit for this question for first time. You all unless 10 users who downvoted this tag and showed their disagreement can ...
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Delete [pedantic] tag

The user Thursagen, which is suspended for three years (!), added the tag pedantic to several posts. An exhaustive check of the revision histories of all questions with this tag indicates that no ...
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Should we burninate the [spelling-checker] tag? (0 posts left tagged)

While poking about removing the microsoft-word tag from a few questions, I came across a question tagged spelling-checker. This seemed to me to be a meta-tag of no more value than the ms-word one, so ...
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Delete the [wish], [harry-potter], and other tags?

IMO, wish (deleted) and harry-potter (deleted) do not appear to serve any useful purpose and can be deleted. Other tags which appear ripe for deletion/synonymisation: ic ian tech-speak management-...
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Tackling the drive-by tag problem

The problem We have a lot of one word tags that make nearly no sense. Among them are what, do, did, like, they, winterfest, motto & it. They are pure gems of uselessness and I urge you to prove ...
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Should we delete the essay tag?

There are currently 36 questions tagged, "essay". Nearly two thirds of them are closed or on hold. Most of the questions tagged with essay are due to OP needing to write an essay, rather than being ...
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Rename the [grammar] tag

As noted in this four-year-old question, the grammar tag (and also its misspelt cousin, grammer, which I implicitly include here) is the fourth most used tag on ELU, and it seems to be overwhelmingly ...
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What manner of “title”?

The title tag includes a jumble of questions concerning different concepts of titles, making the tag less than useful. Questions about the name given to part or whole of a creative work, e.g. Is ...
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Should we get rid of the tag “similarities”?

The tag similarities seems too broad to be useful to me. It is not really a single topic, since it has been used to cover similarities in spelling, similarities in usage/meaning, and similarities in ...
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Use “single-word-request” for phrases?

If I'm looking for a phrase (not just a word) that expresses a specific concept, should I still use the tag single-word-request?
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How about getting rid of the [english] tag?

While we're are at full speed discussing various tags, I would like to bring to everyone's attention that we currently have 15 questions tagged english. I don't think that that tag serves any ...
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Reminder: You can vote on tag synonyms

We currently have 5 tag synonyms submitted that still need votes. Anyone with voting privileges should exercise them! pejorative-language and derogatory Completed. pejorative-language and insults ...
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What is [tag:senses]?

senses has approximately 9 questions tagged but I have no idea what this tag is for. Is it basically the same as differences? The tag wiki suggests: For questions specifically dealing with the ...
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What should be done with the “grammar-checker” tag?

grammar-checker seems a misused tag; in some cases, it seems more appropriate to use grammaticality. Should we remove grammar-checker, or does the tag have a purpose and we should write the Wiki page ...
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What's the tag “obscure-terms” for? Is it necessary?

We have the tag obscure-terms. It has 36 questions and the only thing obscure about them is the thought process that lead people to tag them with this tag. Mostly words that seemed obscure to the OPs, ...
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Do we need [tag:nuance]?

I just rolled back a tag edit from a very old question that had added nuance. The tag itself currently has 5 questions and... what is it? Do we need it in addition to differences? The reason I am ...
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What is the currency tag for?

I was on the cusp of editing the currency tag, which currently doesn't have anything in it's wiki, but decided against it. I assumed that the point of the tag was to discuss the linguistic currency in ...
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Is there a difference between [usage] and [word-usage]?

There are two separate tags, both with several questions each: usage word-usage Are they the same thing, or is there a subtle difference between the two?
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What is meant by the tag “reference”?

The reference tag has no description yet. Is it intended to be used for a question that asks for a reference where one might learn more about a certain topic, or document one's intuitive ...
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Can someone explain the [explanation] tag to me?

The explanation tag has 23 questions. Some appear to ask for meaning or meaning-in-context, and should probably just be replaced by those tags. As for the other questions, I don't see what they have ...
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Synonymize and merge the tags [be] and [to-be]

Can we merge and synonymize the tags be and to-be?
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Tags and technical terms

I was creating some synonyms for tags yesterday, and I created the tag syntax as a synonym for word-order. I wonder, though, if it should be the other way around. Syntax is the linguistic term that ...
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Versus tag and word-choice tag…redundant?

As of this writing, 40 questions are tagged word-choice and 35 are tagged versus. Almost everything tagged versus could also be tagged word-choice (except for a couple which would be word-order). My ...
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Burninate tags [request] and [polite-request]

Both those tags were exclusively attached to questions with either another something-request tag or the politeness tag. I re-tagged those. Now I move to make them total ashes. Let's burninate them.
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Is “Literature” a pointless tag?

I think literature is pointless, but I do think literary-techniques (total 19 questions) is a potentially useful tag. I also think some of the 29 questions currently tagged literature should be using ...