I see a newly created tag, created just a short while ago. It seems to me that it's got far too narrow a scope (kernel exploits).

I couldn't see anywhere to flag the tag itself for (re)consideration.

Is it appropriate?

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    On a site that's not dedicated to security, I imagine our existing security tag would cover it.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Sep 9, 2020 at 23:12
  • We also have vulnerability, which seems tightly related. From both the areas-of-expertise and the practical tag usage points of view they may even be synonyms - if only they weren't so semantically distant from each other...
    – fra-san
    Sep 10, 2020 at 0:05
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    Tag's gone now, since it was removed from the only post that had it
    – muru
    Sep 10, 2020 at 4:57

1 Answer 1


I suggest this procedure:

  1. If the tag is used on sufficiently few1 questions, then
    1. If you are sufficiently sure1 that the tag doesn’t belong on our site, simply edit all the questions where it is used, and remove it.  (If possible, replace it with a more appropriate tag.)  This will cause the tag to be deleted if it is not used again within six to eight croptings (where a cropting2 is approximately 3½ hours).
    2. If you are sufficiently sure1 that the tag belongs on our site, but is defined incorrectly, then
      • Edit the tag to improve its definition.
      • If the tag is not used on any question where it is appropriate, based on its new definition (written by you), find at least one such question and add the tag.
      • Remove the tag from all questions where it is inappropriately used.
  2. If the above doesn’t resolve the problem, post to Meta.

1 Yes, these are subjective determinations.
2 Nonsense word generated by http://soybomb.com/tricks/words/.

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    Disclosure: The “mitigation” tag was used on only one question. I removed it from that question. Then, unlike your typical James Bond villain, I stood by and sadistically watched it die. Sep 13, 2020 at 7:55

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