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Stop /volume from increasing

For generic storage topics, there's already storage and block-device. For specific types of volume, there's lvm, device-mapper, etc. So I think we should just get rid of the uses of volume for storage ...
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Do we need version specific tags for distributions?

No. Our question volume is pretty low. Our most used distro tag (debian) got four questions in the last 24h. Our 2nd most used (ubuntu) got two. Things where this might make a little sense, like rhel ...
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The [X] tag should be aliased to [X11]. (Agree / disagree?)

I think it's a bit of a moot point. I skimmed through the questions tagged x, and the vast majority are Linux systems (so running X11), with the rare exceptions for X11 on macOS. There's no question ...
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What's the return status of the exit code?

After seeing the additional data, I'm leaning towards this idea: base tag: exit-status (a new tag, utilizing the current return-status excerpt & wiki) synonyms: exit-code, return-status, and ...
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What is the Linux tag for?

In my opinion, this tag should only be used for cases where a question is asking about how a Linux OS works. Not when the OP just happens to be using Linux, and not as a way of stating that the OP is ...
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Make "historical-unix" history!

historical-unix is not a synonym of history at all. It's about Unix as a product, before there were multiple vendors. Pretty much any question about historical-unix would deserve the tag history, ...
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Rename [screen] to [gnu-screen]

gnu-screen was already set up as a synonym of screen. That means that anyone attempting to tag with gnu-screen would end up with screen. I have now reversed the synonym so anyone tagging with screen ...
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Remove [localhost]

I don't see much of a use case for it. You can just remove it from the post; unused tags are deleted daily, so it'll get removed automatically
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The tag 'windows-subsystem-for-linux' is too long; the maximum length is 25 characters

A windows subsystem for Linux makes me think of X11, some subsystem to manage windows on Linux. After googling it, it looks more like it's some Microsoft product to run GNU/Unix/Ubuntu applications ...
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Removal of the [failure] tag

I agree with your logic and IMO it should be removed.
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What can the Kali-Linux tag excerpt say to help those askers?

We are barking up the wrong tree. We can put whatever we want in the excerpt and the wiki, and it won't make any difference to any but a vanishingly small proportion of askers. What we should do is ...
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Rename [cd] to [cd-command]

Blacklisted:
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Alpine and Alpine-Linux tag

I moved all existing alpine posts into either alpine-linux or alpine-mail. I also put in a request to blacklist the tag since it still exists on Stack Overflow (where it's the distro), Super User (...
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Suggestion for new tag: toml (or structured-document-format)

We already have format-specific tags such as yaml and json, so I think it would make sense to create toml. One advantage I see to having a format-specific tag, rather than a generic tag for all ...
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Adding a tag which refers to the best answer in the case of /sed and /awk when there is also /text-processing?

Tags help display questions to the right people. They don't mainly function to describe a question. Tags are mainly additive, not subtractive. People follow tags to hear about new questions in those ...
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Delete the /career tag

The questions that have the tag are correctly tagged, they are about careers. So don't edit the questions to remove the tag. Most of the questions with this tag are already closed. If we decide we ...
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Get rid of the [efi] tag?

EFI and UEFI refer to different versions of the same thing. In the mid 1990s, Intel began working on an improvement over the PC BIOS in order to work well with the more powerful machines they were ...
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Merge libvirt and libvirtd tags

I can't see a difference in the type of questions that have one tag or the other. People seem to indifferently use one or the other. Since the libvirt library and the libvirtd daemon interact with ...
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Disambiguate the [format] tag

I think the use of format to mean creating a file system is going to be hard to eradicate. As you point out, most people won't know what mkfs is while format is a household term. This is always going ...
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Are really valid questions that can have both [shell] and [bash], [zsh], [tcsh], etc. tags?

I think it is ok to have both the generic [shell] tag and a specific shell tag on a question. My interpretation of this answer supports this. That question is about tagging programming questions on ...
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This criquet needs help!

I've cleaned up the jessie and stretch tags. As I understand it, if the tags don't get any new content they should be automatically deleted.
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What can the Kali-Linux tag excerpt say to help those askers?

Q&As about Kali Linux, a Linux distribution based on Debian that is specifically intended for use by security specialists, not as a general-purpose operating system. Please read the information ...
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What's the diference between kernel-modules, kernel-drivers, drivers and modules?

My first impression is that kernel-drivers should be merged into drivers, and module was created by someone who typed kernel module as separate words and grew from there. This is to be confirmed by ...
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The tag 'windows-subsystem-for-linux' is too long; the maximum length is 25 characters

The tag length limit has been raised, so windows-subsystem-for-linux is now a valid tag name.
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Are polkit and policykit tags not the same?

You’re right that they’re they same. According to the Polkit Wikipedia article, Since version 0.105, released in 2015 the name of the project was changed from PolicyKit to polkit. Also, the tag ...
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Tag-merge syscalls -> system-calls

I’ve created the relevant synonym, all it needs now is votes. Any user with an answer score of 5 or more on system-calls can vote! I had misread the requirements previously, it turns out there are ...
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Re-tagging text-processing questions

Should tool-specific tags be used on questions that do not explicitly ask for how to do this with a specific tool, or that do not describe problems arising from the (incorrect) use of a specific tool ...
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Are really valid questions that can have both [shell] and [bash], [zsh], [tcsh], etc. tags?

Yes there is. First of all, lets have a little background on how tags work and what they should be used for. The tagging guidelines can be found on the main meta site, here and they are also ...
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How to use the text-processing tag effectively?

There is already guidance on the tag text-processing in the tag wiki, which I think covers the issue quite well. Unix systems tend to favor text files, often consisting of one record per line. ...
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Quality-based tag for novice questions

I'm not sure if this is a serious question, based on the tag name suggestions, but no. It took Stack Overflow years to eradicate meta tags. I didn't even know we had a humor tag, but it's fortunately ...
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