If you are thinking these are some environmental news headlines, you are mistaken. These are some of the new tags created on the site.

As of late, many new tags are being created for every single question. If we look at some, they are really meaningless and silly tags. Some are meta tags which add nothing to the question, ambiguous (which means different meaning to different persons) or either can't stand as a single tag on the question. Some tags contain spelling mistakes too.

distortion, pollution, mass-destruction, authentic, superiority, power, works, dates, evil, people, rain, translation, destruction-of-earth, system

There are many like this.

For example, if we take power, what would be the scope of the tag? Which questions should be tagged with that tag?

We should not create a tag because the question contains that word or phrase somewhere in the title or body. They should describe the topic of the question on the whole. More than half of the tags created are for that cause.

A tag is a keyword or label that categorizes your question with other, similar questions. Using the right tags makes it easier for others to find and answer your question.

Please see the guide which is followed while creating a tag. The Death of Meta Tags

While many are of unnecessary category, there is another category called dependent and meta tags. Jeff Atwood says in the above blog post:

The reason meta-tags are a problem is that they do not describe the content of the question. They describe some other aspect of the question, like the author’s skill level, or the author’s motivation for asking it, or generally what “kind” of question it is (poll, how-to, etc.).

Meta-tags are actually a subset of a larger problem that I usually call dependent tags. These are tags that don’t say anything by themselves – you can’t tell what the question is about unless they’re paired with some other tag (or several of them). These tags are a problem because people don’t realize this and will often use that as the question’s only tag.

Another case is words with non English letters and phonetics. The English alphabet are insufficient to fit all the sounds and phonetics. So, it would be difficult to add accurate accent found in world languages (like French, German etc., which have letters like é, ü, ö. Some names contain those letters which give accurate pronunciation),.

Unfortunately, there is no way to include those letters in our tags. Hence, we generally go with simplified translation (because they are generally used, popular and easily found out in site's and google search). When that happens, we would go with the simplified versions. instead of ü, we use only u.

So, when you find new tags which are unnecessary or ambiguous, please remove them and tag with existing accurate tags.

Please create tags only when required.

Finally, I want to stress that these are usually added in good faith, and I am not questioning anybody's motivation - I know that they all mean well. But the added tags are noise or not much useful. So, please modify them. We need community help in cleaning up these tags. When you do the cleanup, also take care that the homepage is not flooded with these tag edits.

Worth reading - Please zap the meta-tags and dependent tags

Tagging help center - What are tags, and how should I use them?

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    Related: Exactly when can we create a new tag?
    – Pandya Mod
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 7:57
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    @sv. This is is a discussion post not to create unnecessary tags, modify the questions not asking when to create tags. Do you see the difference? Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 1:34
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    One is a support. Other is a discussion to be careful while creating. On a meta site, posts will be repeated based on time and situation of the site. This is not a duplicate of the other question. Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 1:51
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    @Sarvabhouma IMO, this is just a long version of the linked post. "posts will be repeated based on time and situation of the site" - you could have simply edited the linked post to bump it to the active list of questions. Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 2:37
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    This is a different post than the other linked post. @sv. This is a discussion post which asks users not to create a meta tag for each and every question they ask. That is a different question which asks for a support. Asking a new question is right choice. My question is not asking when to create a tag. Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 2:39
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    @sv. but for sure we need this discussion now as I see so many tags created by new and old users which have not much use Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 3:19
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    @sv. so discussing same user getting suspending, again and again, is not dupe but we can't talk about tag as we did once in past. #HeadBlown Commented Feb 21, 2019 at 17:52
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    @AnkitSharma Let's not discuss some other post here. I'm merely exercising my right to close-vote. If you don't agree you can always hit the reopen button which I'm sure you've already done or even flag the mods. Please re-read this post. I'm not looking for debates. Commented Feb 21, 2019 at 19:09
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    @sv. yeah tone of language matter that's why the ban but you missed it I guess Commented Feb 22, 2019 at 8:44
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    @sv. Close vote button is not a right. Who said it's your right. Hitting it just because you think is an abuse of the privilege. Commented Feb 22, 2019 at 9:57


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