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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we get rid of the “learning” meta-tag?

For a long time, "meta-tags" have been discouraged on Stack Exchange. Today I ran into the tag learning, which I think is one of these not-useful tags. Questions about "learning" don't seem to be ...
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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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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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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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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 'word-substitution' be made a synonym of 'SWR's?

I think word-substitution is redundant since we already have single-word-requests, and phrase-requests, if necessary. The 60 or so tagged questions do not disagree with me by much. Its current info ...
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Should we burninate the [subjective] tag?

While doing some reviews, I was made aware of the existence of the subjective tag. Given that we are a Q&A site which focuses explicitly on answering questions as objectively as possible and ...
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Should [indefinite-article] and [definite-article] be merged into [articles]?

Some time ago in chat, the question of merging indefinite-article and definite-article into articles was raised, and I want to get further input into this. A preponderance of the following reasons, ...
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Is there a need of the “the-that” tag?

There are 11 questions using the-that, without tag wiki, including the following ones: When to use "That" instead of "The"? When can one omit "that" from a sentence? ...
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What do we consider “consensus” for burnination?

Bit of a meta meta question. We've been having a conflab about burninating the correction. My position was that fourteen votes (at the time the conversation started) wasn't enough to know that ...
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What are your opinions on tags?

I have been working on reducing our number of Unanswered questions but am nearing a point I consider "good enough". The next thing on my work list is to start analyzing our tags, tag wikis, tag ...
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Generalist badge “Top 40 tags”

The Generalist badge states that a user needs to provide non-wike answers of 15 total score in 20 of the top 40 tags. I've got two (okay one) question(s) about this. I would say it pretty obviously ...
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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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Single-word-request rule clarification needed

My question Alternative to trumped was recently closed for being opinion-based. However, the tag single-word-requests has 300+ pages of questions similar to mine. Why is there the tag single-word-...
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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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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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No tags for specific words

At present we have several tags for specific words, such as [while], [that], and others. IMHO this practice should be strongly discouraged, lest the tag list just become an English dictionary. ...
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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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Difference between “verb-agreement” and “subject-verb-agreement” tag

It seems that we have two tags, subject-verb-agreement and verb-agreement for similar questions. I briefly read some questions under them and I don't see much difference. Am I missing something? How ...
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Hyphen vs. hyphenation

hyphen and hyphenation are both tags on ELU. What's the purpose of the summary-less hyphenation tag?
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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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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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Related tags don't have thousands separators

The tagged questions pages (for example) show a count of questions at the top, like "8,279 questions tagged". Below is a list of related tags, and their counts. However, the counts are missing commas ...
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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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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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{Disambiguities} needs disambiguating

This is a discussion around the tag disambiguities. You can have an ambiguity. You can remove it by disambiguation. But "disambiguity" isn't a word. source There is a tag for ambiguity, should this ...
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An ELU taxonomy improvement: Idioms / Phrases / Expressions

We have currently three tags in our top 20 tags (by amount of questions) that are being arbitrarily and interchangeably used. Those are the highly frequented tags idioms, expressions & phrases. ...
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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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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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Could we add tags for domain-specific language questions, such as programming?

I've noticed several questions that are specific to the domain of computer programming. For example: "bound" or "bonded" Marking plural of code words I'd find it useful to tag these sort of ...
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EL&U's mysterious 'antedecent' tag

I notice that EL&U currently has a tag labeled 'antedecent', and that seven of the fifteen questions that carry this tag include the word antedecent in their headline. for example, Antecedent of &...
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What is the meaning of the “functions” tag?

A recent question asked about determining the "function" of a sentence, which to me isn't a concrete language construct the way that question implies. Seeking more information, I looked into the ...