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Since it is a new year and the old Tag Management question has already over 70 answers, it is time for a new Tag Management thread.

Rules of the game are basically the same:

  • Post your suggestion as an answer here if you see
    • A particularly bad tag (a rule of thumb: «if I can't imagine a person classifying a tag as either interesting or ignored, I'm getting rid of it»),
    • A tag that should be a synonym of an existing one,
    • A tag that used for two or more completely unrelated things,
    • A need to create a new tag;
  • Upvote/downvote/comment as your agree/disagree with suggestions, so please post different suggestions in separate answers;
  • Wait a couple of days before implementing a suggestion.
  • After the problem described in an answer is resolved, please edit it to say so.

See also:

Also, note that one may use [tag:calculus] for , i.e. tags on the main site, and [meta-tag:discussion] for , i.e. for tags on the meta site.

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  • $\begingroup$ I like how this is a game, but you didn't explain the points system. $\endgroup$ – Simply Beautiful Art Sep 20 '16 at 23:59
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe it's time to start a new thread, and the first answer there should encompass the still-open issues from this thread? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jan 15 '17 at 8:38
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila Should I copy all the still-open answers onto the new thread in multiple different answers? $\endgroup$ – suomynonA Jan 17 '17 at 1:36
  • $\begingroup$ @suomynonA: One answer with links should suffice. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jan 17 '17 at 4:09
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila Take a look here, looks good? $\endgroup$ – suomynonA Jan 17 '17 at 4:51

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I created a new tag yesterday. I was not aware of this thread.

It is called and has this tag wiki:

"This tag is for questions about birth and death processes. These processes are a special case of the continuous-time Markov process where the state transitions are of only two types: "births", which increase the state variable by one and "deaths", which decrease the state by one and they are used to model the size of a population, queuing systems, the evolution of bacteria, the number of people with a disease within a population etc."

I created the tag because I thought it was reasonable to have such a tag when there are tags for poisson process and levy process. After all birth and death processes are widely used and the poisson process is also a markov process (and also a levy process).

Now when I have found this thread I just want to know if you think this tag is too specialized and/or too closely related to other tags?

If that is the case I remove the tag.

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  • $\begingroup$ Having given it some time, it seems like people are asking questions about it other than just you, so it seems fine to me. I could certainly imagine a scenario where someone may be interested in viewing an aggregation of questions about this topic. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Gruber Jun 18 '16 at 16:55
  • $\begingroup$ You may, however, want to add a disambiguation that the tag should not be confused with birth-death diagrams in persistent topology. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Gruber Jun 18 '16 at 17:00
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Create a new synonym for . (Quick search did not return any previous discussions on this)

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    $\begingroup$ Why would that be useful? $\endgroup$ – user296602 May 9 '16 at 5:50
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    $\begingroup$ @T.Bongers, it's a commonly used short form, isn't it? Like gcd for greatest-common-divisor $\endgroup$ – Jesse P Francis May 9 '16 at 6:00
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I was considering creating (l'Hospital's-rule). Is searching for these questions sufficient?

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  • $\begingroup$ We already have limits-without-lhopital, FYI. $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi May 24 '16 at 17:10
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    $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi yes, I know, but the proposed tag is the opposite. $\endgroup$ – ahorn May 24 '16 at 19:33
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I suggest to add a tag (yes-or-no), used for question that are meant to receive a Yes/No answer, without need of further explanation. The standard question of this tag could be of the form "Is this fact/implication true?"

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    $\begingroup$ I disagree. Just because the author of question doesn't need an explanation does not mean nobody else needs it. Good answers are substantiated; bad answers are not welcome. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Jan 13 '16 at 5:00
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    $\begingroup$ This would be a meta-tag. Despite the fact that a few such tag exists and are allowed, it is advised not to create new ones, unless there is a very good reason to. See: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/2498/the-meta-tags $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jan 13 '16 at 8:00
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