I understand SE policy is that whenever someone asks a question with a new tag, the tag is automatically created. But is there a way to incorporate a tag without asking a needless question?

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    $\begingroup$ Why would you want to do that? $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 20, 2012 at 7:10
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila I think ethnomathematics can be an useful, new tag, but I do not want to ask a question whose answer I can easily find using the tag. $\endgroup$ Jun 20, 2012 at 7:12
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    $\begingroup$ Firstly, I disagree with this idea completely. Ethomathematics would be a great topic for a chat with friends, or a site about education. It would not make a good topic here. Secondly, if anyone would want to ask a question with this tag then the tag will be created. Until it is created there is no point in having it around. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 20, 2012 at 7:14
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    $\begingroup$ Furthermore, unused tags are automatically deleted at the end of every day.... $\endgroup$ Jun 20, 2012 at 7:34
  • $\begingroup$ @WillieWong I was looking at the Unix.SE site and it read 60 days. Does it vary site to site? $\endgroup$ Jun 20, 2012 at 7:37
  • $\begingroup$ I don't see the word days in that link you provided. On the other hand you should read the "When" section of that page. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 20, 2012 at 7:38
  • $\begingroup$ Where do you see 60 days? Unused tags are deleted at the end of every day. Tags with only one question to it are deleted after 6 months, which is about 180 days. $\endgroup$ Jun 20, 2012 at 7:39
  • $\begingroup$ My mistake. 6 months, not 60 days. $\endgroup$ Jun 20, 2012 at 7:42
  • $\begingroup$ Some details about how often empty tags and low-usage tags are deleted can be found here. BTW this would be somewhat similar to feature-request in Disambiguation pseudo-tags. $\endgroup$ Jun 20, 2012 at 9:13
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe another way to create a tag is to add it to an existing question. $\endgroup$
    – GEdgar
    Jun 20, 2012 at 13:52
  • $\begingroup$ It is worth noting that MSE has one of the lowest (if not THE lowest) questions/tags ratio. This is not without reason, we work hard to reduce the number of tags. I feel that ethnomathematics tags will be unwelcomed and will it come to the meta site - I will vote against keeping such tag on this site. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 21, 2012 at 20:15
  • $\begingroup$ I on the other hand will believe although the tag may welcome "soft questions" leading to arguments, such -for a lack of better word- jingoism will only fail to advertise the site. But before the nature of this question was derailed, my intention was to ask a general question on creating a tag regardless of content. $\endgroup$ Jun 21, 2012 at 20:26

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There is no way to create a tag without attaching it to a question. It doesn't have to be a new question, but creating a tag in a vacuum isn't an option.

There's little point in having orphaned tags around and we already take steps to clean up tags without questions associated with them.


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