I'm starting to change my mind about the tag. It was originally blacklisted with , but we had it reversed because there are legitimate uses. But over and over again I see it misused -- two posts today used it as the only tag, so it's just letting them circumvent the tagging system entirely

I know people find it useful, so I don't want it eliminated, but is it possible to prevent users from tagging posts only ? I don't think such a feature currently exists in the engine, but it would be useful

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    I'm convinced that this is fighting windmills. If the linux tag is rejected, people will use some other random tag like bash (which they already do, even for questions where the only connection with bash is that maybe one solution will involve typing something on a command line). Jun 2, 2011 at 20:20
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    I think a /linux tag is useful. It's also useful to have an admixture of tags to some extent. Is what you describe a common thing Michael? Or is today an outlier? If it's not that common isn't it just a job for the mods to clean up tags where necessary? The mods are the people with the in-depth knowledge here and are probably the ones that can best distil the question to its constituent ideas. Just a thought.
    – boehj
    Jun 2, 2011 at 23:03
  • @boehj Technically it's a job for tag editors to clean up; normally Gilles does it. Obviously it can be dealt with, but if there's no case where we want just the linux tag on a post it makes sense to me to just not allow that to happen. Gilles points out that the linux tag isn't unique in that way though Jun 3, 2011 at 14:21
  • Example: This question was initially tagged bash+shell, but it's fundamentally about symlink, and also about find, but not really about bash or shell. Jun 3, 2011 at 16:27
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    @Gilles I'm sure there are many examples, but I don't know how "there are other tagging problems" means "we shouldn't solve this case" Jun 3, 2011 at 17:15

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As of the last data dump, 935 questions started off with a single tag (out of 3830 questions, so that's almost 25%). Out of these, 88 (9.4%) started off with , 55 (5.9%) with , 32 (3.4%) with .

I'd be interested to know how many of these had other tags added subsequently, but that's well beyond my SQL skills.

I don't think the numbers justify a new technical measure. During that period, I made 1059 tag edits. Blocking questions from having only would hardly make a dent.

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