There are many questions asking for lecture notes on some topic. And about a week ago also the tag has been created. The question is to which extent this tag can be useful and whether it should be kept or removed. (In any case, since the new tag can affect many question, I think it is good to discuss it on meta before taking any further actions.)

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    $\begingroup$ I don't think that we really need a lecture notes tag. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jul 10, 2017 at 9:05
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    $\begingroup$ I think if we have a tag for books it isn't unreasonable to have a tag for lecture notes. But I don't think the two tags should generally be used together. If someone is looking for a reference that could be a book or lecture notes, then just use the reference-request tag. I think the book-recommendation tag should only be used if the references are required to be books. $\endgroup$ Jul 10, 2017 at 22:56
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    $\begingroup$ If we are going to get rid of the tag, do we want it merged into (reference-request) or into (online-resources)? $\endgroup$ Jul 11, 2017 at 1:18
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    $\begingroup$ @T.Gunn I guess if the number of the question stays low before decision in some direction is taken, then manual retagging is feasible (rather then merging two tags by a moderator). Personally, I think that question suitable for (lecture-notes) tag should have both (reference-request) and (online-resources) tag, if this tags is going to be removed. $\endgroup$ Jul 14, 2017 at 14:14

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I'd say no.

Because the lecture-notes would fall inside the scope of reference-request tag:

This tag is for questions seeking external references (books, articles, etc.) about a particular subject. Please do not use this as the only tag for a question.

And most of them would be online-resources.

So lecture-notes would be in both of these tags, as you said in your comment.

  • $\begingroup$ This tag contains 31 questions at the moment. So you propose to remove the tag, right? Either by manual removal or in some other way. $\endgroup$ Jul 19 at 15:33
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak it's been like 6 years, and there's 31 questions at the moment. what do you mean by -in some other way-? $\endgroup$ Jul 19 at 17:54
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak btw, this could be confusing, on one side there is 31 questions, but on the other side there's like 1k? $\endgroup$ Jul 19 at 19:05
  • $\begingroup$ By "some other way" I mean that moderators can merge one tag into another - and in that way they can remove a tag without bumping (if there is a suitable replacement for all questions). And there is also a burnination of a tag - this can only be done by a CM, (But typically, this is used only when the tag has many questions.) In any case, such activities are likely to be resumed only after the strike ends. $\endgroup$ Jul 19 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak Ok, thanks. Considering mainly online-resources, and the point number 5 on your post, then is a no for the tag lecture-notes. $\endgroup$ Jul 19 at 21:06
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/64015698#64015698 Thanks Martin. $\endgroup$ Jul 20 at 5:55

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