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So, what happened on the site that we all suddenly got “Generalist” badges?

Idle question: "Generalist" was one of the badges that nobody had, and now suddenly a whole bunch of us were awarded it. Was there some hidden time-related condition on it that the site met? Or did ...
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New tag: academic-writing

There are quite a few question on this site (well, one of them being mine) which are basically word-request / word choice questions in an academic publishing scenario. Examples of such questions: ...
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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 ...
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Delete “word” tag?

As I write, there are 8 questions tagged "word". I think this is a totally useless tag, which should be unlinked from those questions. I believe the tag itself will soon disappear, unless and until a ...
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How to re-tag a question?

This page says: Click the retag menu option under the post. But the only options I see are link, edit and flag. Where am I going wrong?
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Why are some questions surrounded by a cream-coloured rectangular box? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Love seeing questions highlighted… but what is it? Why are some questions shaded green? Some questions are surrounded by a cream-coloured (darker than the website's ...
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Merged questions with “bad” tags

Anent the Blacklist the [words] tag question, there are two questions that are tagged with the utterly useless words, but because they have been merged, the offending tag can't be edited out: What is ...
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Why do we have a [translation] tag?

Translation is off-topic, as has been agreed many, many times here on meta in past discussion. So why do we have a translation tag? If there is a good reason for keeping it, please make it. I don't ...
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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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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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Difference between Symbol and Symbols

These two are suspected duplicate tags, symbol and symbols. Please check.
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Tag proposals - work

Did anyone suggest work tag yet? I think it would be interesting to have ability to say that the question comes from the work domain - either directly related to your work or indirectly. Maybe it ...
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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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The meaning of, and the wiki for, the [quotes] tag

The tag wiki for [quotes] is A hopeless mixture of questions about [semi-]famous quotations and questions related to quotation marks. While this may be true, should we really describe our tags as ...
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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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Metaphor and metaphors

I see that the site has both "metaphor" as well as "metaphors" as tags. Granted, "metaphors" was only used once, but shouldn't is be eliminated or classified as a synonym tag to "metaphor?"
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What is the difference between the “appropriate-questions” and “on-topic-off-topic” tags?

When I was adding a tag to another question, I noticed there are two tags that apparently have similar meanings: appropriate-questions and on-topic-off-topic. When should those tags be used?
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When a word used as tag has a different spelling in American and British English, which spelling should we use?

In the case the word used as tag has a different spelling in American and British English, which spelling should we adopt for the tag?
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Could [humor] and [humour] be synonymized?

I don't know which you'll want to keep, but they're definitely synonyms.
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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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Reasons for the merging of some of the tags

Why did some of the tags get merged? origin got merged with etymology, and I can't use the origin tag anymore. There is a difference. "origin" is used for where the phrases came from, "etymology" is ...
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Tag review: [meaning-in-context]

meaning-in-context has roughly 250 questions. Some of these questions are good; some not as good. Today I saw a question I thought was skirting the danger line and noticed it only had the tag meaning-...
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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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On tag:scrabble, tag:word-games, tag:games

I just rolled back someone's edit to add scrabble. I really don't think we need tags for things like Scrabble, Boggle, etc. Perhaps we can just use the more generic word-games? Also, is there a ...
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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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Do we have a tag policy?

Browsing around, I periodically find tags that I find odd. The latest two come from this question: ethnic-terms and ethnonyms. These seem borderline to me but I can see myself getting tired of ...
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Consideration for these tags

As grammar and usage of some words depends on the origin like US or UK English, So I was thinking that there must be tags about those also.. As I am not the moderator nor the one who decides tags but ...
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Can we add a culture tag?

I am not a native English guy, and the usage of some words may confuse me. For example, in my last question, I asked about a word "cistern", which located in a house. Although I looked up the ...
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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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Should tag definitions be mandatory?

I understand that a tag's name should make it clear what the tag is for, but this is often not the case. For example, we now have grammar and grammaticality. Users will probably need to read the ...
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Why do we need an irony tag?

irony appears to have recently been added and it currently has a whopping 5 questions. How many (on-topic, non-duplicate) questions about irony are we expecting?
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“Plurality” tag should not be a synonym of the “plural” tag

"Plural" would be for only for plural forms. "Plurality" works well for questions about when the use the singular and when to use the plural. In some ways it's closer to grammatical-number but that ...
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Lects and [dialect]

Should the dialect tag be used for questions about other 'lects? Sociolects ("is this proper for the boardroom/street/etc.", "how do chavs say _") Ethnolects ("what terms do _ use differently in ...
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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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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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Tag excerpt inconsistently displayed

Here is the state of the tag usage as I wrote this question: On the the tags page, usage appears with the first seven words of the excerpt truncated, rendering it mostly useless: Furthermore, 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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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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Why aren't Tweets tagged with #?

Wouldn't be it better to tag keywords (with prepended symbol #) in published Tweets? http://twitter.com/stackenglish some examples: "A lost case, that is." http://ur.ly/CNPR #grammar "An RPG" ...
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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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Is [single-word-request] a meta-tag, and should it be removed?

I suggested in a comment here that single-word-request is a meta-tag and perhaps should be deleted. The blog entry on meta-tags quoted this: The reason meta-tags are a problem is that they do not ...
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[acceptability] versus [usage] — does either matter?

In Is [acceptability] a meta-tag? I decided to remove 44 instances of the acceptability tag. I more or less stand behind this decision, though I do acknowledge that there are deeper issues we need to ...
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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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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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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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Retag request: [adverb] -> [adverbs] [closed]

It appears that [adverb] does not resolve to [adverbs]. I tried suggesting a tag synonym accordingly, but it turns out that my score in that tag is too low, so I am not allowed to do that (in fact, ...
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Difference between the tags [negatives] and [negation]

There are separate tags [negatives] and [negation]. What is the difference between these tags (or rather, is there any difference)?
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American English + British English + Xxx English tags Merger/Umbrella Tag?

We can have specific tags for questions about a specific dialect, but shouldn't there be some form of tag that encompasses anything like this? E.g. dialects ?
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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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Batch retagging from singular to plural

A month ago, I asked if we should prefer singular or plural in tag names. Plural seems to come out as the clear favourite among those who have any opinion on the matter. Therefore, I'd like to ...