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I noticed we have tags for and . Both of them make sense. I'm a bit puzzled by next to them. This tag not having any usage guidance doesn't help to make it much clearer.

Unless I'm missing something, there should not be a tag .

It's only 9 questions so I'll go through them in the next few days and change tags to either of the other two or remove it altogether. As I understand it, the system will clean up the tag once it's not used anymore.

With windows being a loaded term, are there any precautions we can take not to make it come back? Create a synonym? Forbid it altogether? Write a "DO NOT USE!" note? Crucifixes and garlic to prevent it from rising from its grave?

PS: From the link in Ben's answer, I understand this question should be tagged . It seems there's no such tag on Vi and Vim Meta. Even if there was, I'd have missed it.

I already regret having opened the Pandora's box of tags.

Update: the tag is gone. I edited it out of all 9 questions. FWIW, there was not a single instance where was meant. It was either meant to be or seemingly given randomly.

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    “Are there precautions” Probably. I’ll have to dig through the help/mod manuals again :)
    – D. Ben Knoble Mod
    Commented May 28 at 1:58
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    We can create a synonym, but in this case I worry it's ambiguous. I've asked if there's a way to "ban" a tag
    – D. Ben Knoble Mod
    Commented May 28 at 17:11
  • Yes, I thought about the ambiguity problem. I would argue that - since this site is about Vim - the Vim meaning trumps the operating system. Even then, it would probably cause confusion.
    – Friedrich
    Commented May 28 at 17:22
  • Whee, my first-ever question on any SE and it gets [featured]! My mom will be so proud.
    – Friedrich
    Commented Jun 2 at 13:22

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I'm wholeheartedly in favor of burninating the tag.

We can make a synonym of either or . I lean towards the former, but the ambiguity may cause some issues. (If you notice a where was meant, fix it.)

Given the numbers in the questions, I've created a to synonym.

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  • Thanks for your research and reply. I'm asking myself if your option 1) is that much of an improvement over the situation we have now (i.e. if you notice windows, fix it). It should also be noted that we see a lot of questions featuring something like "btw, I'm on Windows" and the tag where it doesn't matter the least. It's a problematic tag to begin with.
    – Friedrich
    Commented May 28 at 19:46
  • @Friedrich well, with the synonym using windows would automatically add vim-windows instead, I think, but your point is well-taken
    – D. Ben Knoble Mod
    Commented May 28 at 22:03
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    Those were two points muddled together: 1) a tag synonym (to [vim-windows]) may only shift the problem and 2) [microsoft-windows] is often tagged where it shouldn't be. Maybe I'm overthinking, we'll just have to adjust tags every now and then.
    – Friedrich
    Commented May 28 at 22:14
  • Your answer suffers the minor problem that it outlines two options and we don't know whether a vote was meant for 1) or 2).Having read the linked content, I would not pursue 2) for now. The answer explicitly mentions repeated burninations of a tag so I'd just keep it in mind (this Q&A should do as our collective memory).
    – Friedrich
    Commented May 31 at 8:08
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    Ah, yes, darn. And no way to split them because of the votes. Let me split it anyway and make (2) a separate answer.
    – D. Ben Knoble Mod
    Commented May 31 at 14:00
  • This is the way to go, then. I'd vote for a tag synonym but unfortunately, I don't have the score to do so. It seems the only thing left for me to do is to accept this answer.
    – Friedrich
    Commented Jun 5 at 19:16
  • @Friedrich you should have the rep (1250?) to propose a synonym
    – D. Ben Knoble Mod
    Commented Jun 6 at 0:22
  • I do have the rep but I don't have a score of 5 in the respective tag. In fact, I have 0 :-)
    – Friedrich
    Commented Jun 6 at 6:26
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Like the other answer, burninate.

Then, block the tag . This is more work but may be more effective.

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