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Is This Tag Useful? Episode 1 - The Big Boss (grammar)

I guess one of the best ways to get your message across is putting a TL;DR in the beginning. If you agree with the sentiments of the TL;DR the rest might not be necessary to read but if grammar has ...
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Abolish off-topic tags [etymology] and [resources]

There are about 20 questions tagged etymology, and 8 questions tagged resources. Both are clearly off-topic according to the Help Center. Of the existing questions, they are either improperly tagged,...
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A proposed solution to the "grammar" dilemma -- Please contribute your answers to the "what is grammar" post

This is the follow-up of Is This Tag Useful? Episode 1 - The Big Boss (grammar). (i.e. intended to be the community decision on the matter, if people agree with the sentiments of this meta post) TL;DR ...
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Should we prefer plural in tags?

Earlier today I tried to tag a question "nouns", and the system wouldn't let me, saying that the tag noun already existed. Just a minute ago, I wanted to tag another question "adjectives", same ...
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What are tags good for?

I find it difficult to understand why we expend so much effort and discussion on tags. I’ve browsed around other SE sites, and I can see that tags serve a useful, perhaps even essential, purpose in ...
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Is This Tag Useful? Episode 2 -- The Twins (usage and meaning)

The argument for getting rid of these tags is going to be much more straightforward. We have tags like phrase-meaning, meaning-in-context, sentence-meaning etc. just like we have the likes of word-...
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Proposal: Blacklist [sentences]

It seems we can achieve a consensus on a certain set of tags this time without reading too much into things. Let's clean up sentence-related tags. I just came up with a few ideas, and I present them ...
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The Great Re-Tagging Call to Arms

There's something I've been noticing sort of passively as of late: a lot of questions being posted have only one tag. This was a bit of a gut-feeling impression I had, so I glanced over the most ...
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Consolidated grammar tag discussions and a clean-up proposal

We have fixed more than 332 questions tagged only with grammar - we're down from 1325 to 993. (as of March 19th, 2017) We've probably fixed a lot more than 332, because there are new questions each ...
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Is the tag word-difference useful since we already have the tag difference?

I saw that we have both word-difference and difference. Is word-difference useful since we already have difference?
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Poll: Retag questions with the "grammar" tag, or not?

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 "...
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Let's merge [passive-voice] and [active-voice] into a new tag, [passive-active]

We have two tags for grammatical voice: passive-voice active-voice And we have exactly 18 questions tagged with the latter. But every single active voice question also mentions the passive voice! It ...
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When should the "sentences" tag be used?

sentences has the following tag wiki: A sentence is a set of words that is complete in itself, typically containing a subject and predicate. I notice the tag is being used in questions that: Ask ...
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How can the difference between the "grammaticality" and "grammar" tags be described?

I know the difference between grammar, and grammaticality, but I was wondering how the difference between those tags can be described. Can anybody suggest a sentence that can be used to describe the ...
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Do we need translation from other languages tags?

It's recently been pointed out that we have a french tag. I guess there are two questions here: Do we want a tag for "finding the right translation in English for a very specific idiom/phrase in ...
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Organize [pronunciation] tag?

I'm thinking of making some kind of improvement of pronunciation tag. Say, we have an English Learner who is a native speaker of a certain language. He/she has phonetic habits likewise the other ...
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Proposal: Synonymize [syntax] and [sentence-construction]

It seems we can achieve a consensus on a certain set of tags this time without reading too much into things. Let's clean up sentence-related tags. I just came up with a few ideas, and I present them ...
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Tag Clean-up Proposals

This question is to get help from the community when you come across a tag that needs reworking. Post an answer with the tags in question and what you think should be done to fix them up. If it ...
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Proposal: delete tags "meaning" and "word-meaning"

This is the description of the tag meaning: This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about what a word means. If the question is about the meaning of a word that can't be ...
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Let's clean up tags

I was browsing through tags, and I noticed that it was very messy. Lot's of tags that are off-topic, lot's of tags that could be easily merged, and lot's of tags that don't make sense. Here is a list ...
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Good names for tags

How should we choose good names for tags? Currently, I've got two principles in mind. Where practical, use similar tags to those on English Language & Usage, and other Language stack exchanges. ...
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Pretentious writing tag

Why do we have pretentious-writing? Should we delete it? I can’t think of a constructive use of it. I vote for removal.
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How to edit question tags

Item 1 in the Plan in The Great Re-Tagging Call to Arms is When you view a new question (especially if the question has only 1 tag), compare its tags to the question's content. If another tag ...
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Should we not use "verbs" instead of "verb"?

Our tags are normally using the plural, especially when they are about a grammatical category. articles adverbs adjectives modal-verbs Since the last is not modal-verb, should not we also use verbs ...
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Tag merging academy

First of all, a discussion in chat has brought us these ideas that if there's a tag to be discussed about, why not a single post that covers all? Please comment on this post and let me know if such ...
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Why are there [archaic], [early-modern-english], and [history] tags?

According to the Help Center… This is not the right site for questions about: Etymology, evolution of the English language, or historical English - see english.stackexchange.com instead. ...
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What is the correct tag to use when asking which dialects use a specific word?

Which tag should be used for a question that asks if a word is used only in a specific English dialect?
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Should we separate the aspects and tenses in tags?

Taking a look at tags, we have perfect-aspect and past-tense (hell, we have past too, probably created by mistake) and we also have present-perfect and past-perfect. On one hand, classifying tenses ...
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Help with new "passive" tag

I keep this brief and to the point. Yesterday, I created a new tag distance-expression and only remembered to write a short description when I read this reminder: When you make a new tag, please ...
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What should we put in [writing]?

I'm being a little self-indulgent with a slightly punny title for a tag cleanup request, because SE tradition! writing is supposed to be for questions "specifically related to written English", as ...
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Should we delete "Word tags"?

Single word tags I don't think we need a tag for individual English words. I see eight right now. assomeanuntiltoowhosuchneither (If you find any others, feel free to add them to this list.) I ...
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What do we want our tags to be?

I'm hard-pressed trying to find out what we really want our tags to be. Do we want them to make our search easier? Do we want to summarize our question with them, although this is explicitly ...
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What is the difference between the "formality" and "formal" tags?

There are two tags that seem related: formality, and formal. The first is described as the tag to use for questions about formality of words or sentences. The other tag doesn't have any description, ...
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Proposal: formal-language, informal-language, and offensive-language

Because no-one had strong feelings about this once taboo was removed, I went ahead and did it. I'm still on the fence about replacing formality with formal-language, so we can tackle that another time....
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Should not "passive-voice" and "passive" be merged?

There are 46 questions using passive and more than 300 questions using passive-voice. Should not the tags be merged? I would make passive-voice the main tags, and passive its synonym.
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Combine tags [grammar] and [grammaticality] [duplicate]

I was looking through the tags, and came across grammar and grammaticality, and reading their wiki's I noticed they mean almost exactly the same thing. Based on my experience on other SE sites, I ...
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What to do with aspect and tense tags?

I have compiled a list of tags and our possible future decisions about them, which may be subject to change. The primary objective is to decide the fate of tags tagged with "maybe". Among those tags ...
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Are resource questions on-topic? If not, why keep the tag?

I was thinking of asking a question about an introduction to Archaic English (in order to read poetry more fluently). But given that eight out of nine resources questions have been closed, I'm not ...
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Delete the 'grammer' tag

While looking for a tag I found that there is a grammer tag. This is clearly a mis-spelling of the grammar tag. grammer has been synonymized with grammar. Surely a mis-spelt tag should be deleted,...
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