We've discussed this issue finely in Is This Tag Useful? Episode 1 - The Big Boss (grammar) and A proposed solution to the "grammar" dilemma -- Please contribute your answers to the "what is grammar" post. However, a recent question came up with the tag, which was initially locked. It made me realize that not much have been said in the other posts that would signify community consensus. We still dunno whether we should burninate the tag, and leave it as a placeholder on one question, or just leave the tag be.

So the only purpose of this post is to explicitly determine the community's position regarding the tag. Should we start removing the tag from existing questions and replacing it with more accurate tags? Or should we leave it be?

This post is a poll. Please cast your votes on the two answers below to weigh in.

Points to consider:

  • I figured some people would just upvote the solution they think is good, and others would both upvote their preferred solution and downvote the other one. To avoid inconsistency, only the upvotes on the posts will count. After all, you can't downvote other presidents in the election. ;) So it doesn't matter if you downvote or not, but I recommend you don't, since some people here can't see the vote counts. (It's a privilege currently awarded at 750 reps)

  • Please don't use the answer or the comments part for further discussion on the matter. All further discussion should take place in A proposed solution to the "grammar" dilemma -- Please contribute your answers to the "what is grammar" post.

  • We'll just tally the votes in a final answer (For those who can't see the vote counts) and post a separate answer.

  • The votes will be counted at 2015/12/30 and hence you can only vote up to that time if you want it to count.

  • There is now a chatroom if you want to discuss this further freely.

  • I think asking users to delete comments is not practical or else you'll keep on 'conveying' your message and others will deleting their own comments. In such case, ask them to move their comments to the question and not the answer. Others may take it in a different way that they should not post comments at all! What if the question sounds ambiguous? needs clarification? What should they do? They post comments, you reply/clarify, and they remove again? – Maulik V Dec 22 '15 at 10:50
  • Yeah that makes sense, thanks for pointing out. – M.A.R. Dec 22 '15 at 10:52
  • Who on the earth will ask questions like 'What is grammar?' 'What is its scope/' and the like on this platform? I guess we have an ELU for asking questions on linguistics. And one more thing Sir, many people who have confusion regarding the question will be benefitted by various comments, and I don't think that it will affect the voting. – Rucheer M Dec 22 '15 at 11:06
  • @Ruchir there are advanced learners here. The fact that it's not an everyday question you see doesn't make it improbable. We have learners like DamkerngT and Listenever who prefer to study the grammar of the language in order to gain an understanding of the usage. It's not a usual method, but it's certainly a method. And again, please move your comments under the question, not here. – M.A.R. Dec 22 '15 at 11:06
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    I am afraid, I don't agree with this. There are many (in fact most of the users), who are unaware of grammar jargons like conjunction, conditional constructions, subjunctives, determiners, participles, complementations, and many more tags. I was /am one of them. To me, the tag 'grammar' is the only way. – Rucheer M Dec 22 '15 at 11:11
  • @Ruchir please read the chat log of the chatroom. The second option isn't about banishing users from using the tag. It's all about improving searchability. – M.A.R. Dec 22 '15 at 11:12
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    By the way, I hope there are many tags in the pipeline. Examples include: nonce word, word, words, usage, word-usage, legal, style, as, time, formal, email, let, that, which, past, present, logic and dozens more. I'd have appreciated a drive against them first. – Maulik V Dec 22 '15 at 11:40
  • @Maulik yeah, but first I wanted to see if I can get the big boss. :) It would surprise you probably, but I think "meaning" should go too! ("grammaticality" is also misapplied frequently, but I think we'll find out how to deal with it) I have so many plans for tags and all I need is some cooperation. – M.A.R. Dec 22 '15 at 11:59

Remove from most questions and let it remain on one/few 1 question(s) only.

1: I have been asked to clarify what is meant by "few". We would only leave the tag on questions that are about the linguistic term "grammar" itself: What is grammar? What does it mean? What's its scope? and suchlike. I haven't checked all the ELL questions to see if my post (What is meant by grammar?) is the only one of these kind of questions, hence I didn't just go and say "let it remain on only one question".

  • For more info and if you have anything to add to the discussion please visit this post and don't use the comment part for further clarifications. – M.A.R. Dec 22 '15 at 9:56

The community has decided. The poll has ended and votes have been tallied:

  • 12 upvotes for the solution "remove from almost all questions"
  • 3 upvotes for the solution "leave alone"

Hence, the majority of the community has decided that a mass-retagging happen. Stay tuned in, this is merely the beginning.


Don't remove and let it remain.

  • For more info and if you have anything to add to the discussion please visit this post and don't use the comment part for further clarifications. – M.A.R. Dec 22 '15 at 9:56

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