I just edited the tag and noted some synonyms for "online" algorithms. Among them are "dynamic" algorithms, so I looked whether we have a tag or similar and whether making it a synonym for would be warranted.

We have four tags containing the word "dynamic": , , and . From what I can tell, the last three are fine (though the last two could profit from a tag wiki).

However, is a mess. It looks like it has been inserted in questions on specific techniques that happen to have "dynamic" in their name, or in other instances that have something "dynamic" about them. There is no common overarching theme. I don't, for instance, see a way to write a tag wiki, nor do I believe anyone will ever filter on this unspecific tag.

I propose that should be deleted and blacklisted, AKA burninated, so it won't be misused in the future. Thoughts?

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    $\begingroup$ +1 but given that not a single tag has ever been burninated on CV so far (despite many good suggestions) and given that [dynamic] has merely 18 threads, it might be an easier solution to eliminate it manually. Blacklisting is usually not necessary: it is unlikely to get recreated soon, given that we have three other tags with the word "dynamic" in them (that will pop up as suggestions when somebody is tagging a question). $\endgroup$ – amoeba Jul 13 '16 at 8:59
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    $\begingroup$ By the way, deleting & blacklisting $\ne$ burninating. Burninating means silent mass-deletion. Blacklisting means deprecating future use. $\endgroup$ – amoeba Jul 13 '16 at 9:00
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    $\begingroup$ Unrelated to the main question, but regarding the [online] tag wiki excerpt. (1) Italics are not displayed in excerpts so *...* is only disturbing. (2) Tag links are not displayed in excerpts, so the same goes for [tag:...]. (3) I feel the new excerpt is too long and can benefit from some shortening, see meta.stats.stackexchange.com/questions/2848. $\endgroup$ – amoeba Jul 13 '16 at 11:47
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    $\begingroup$ @amoeba: thank you. I wish, I wish info like this were available when editing a tag wiki excerpt. $\endgroup$ – Stephan Kolassa Jul 13 '16 at 11:53
  • $\begingroup$ I agree with the observations made by @amoeba. The best solution would seem to be (1) create a short wiki excerpt for dynamic that explains how it should (not) be used and then (2) manually retag the 18 threads that have been affected. $\endgroup$ – whuber Jul 13 '16 at 13:27
  • $\begingroup$ @whuber: I'll happily delete the tag, but I don't see how a wiki (excerpt) would ever make sense. There simply is no "overall" use for "dynamic", apart from the three more specific tags. Or am I overlooking something? $\endgroup$ – Stephan Kolassa Jul 13 '16 at 14:13
  • $\begingroup$ The point of the excerpt is to inform people that the tag should not be used and to suggest alternatives. $\endgroup$ – whuber Jul 13 '16 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ I wrote such a wiki excerpt. $\endgroup$ – amoeba Jul 13 '16 at 15:05
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks all. Then I'll untag everything tomorrow morning during slow time. $\endgroup$ – Stephan Kolassa Jul 13 '16 at 15:46
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    $\begingroup$ @whuber, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the tag will disappear in 24 hours once it is removed from all threads, so the excerpt won't be seen by anyone / make any difference. $\endgroup$ – gung - Reinstate Monica Jul 13 '16 at 17:43
  • $\begingroup$ @gung There are two unknowns. The first is whether the tag really ought to be removed from all questions. Even if it is, I do not know whether the excerpt is truly removed from the system: possibly it would reappear the next time somebody tried to tag a thread with "dynamic." $\endgroup$ – whuber Jul 13 '16 at 17:45
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    $\begingroup$ @whuber After Stephan eliminated the tag and it was removed from the system, I posted a test question with the same "dynamic" tag. The tag wiki excerpt (that I wrote before the tag was eliminated) did not reappear. See comments below Stephan's answer. $\endgroup$ – amoeba Jul 15 '16 at 9:52

OK, I have removed all tags. For good measure, I also changed all ones to .

Let's see what happens to the tags. If the tags remain, we can edit the wikis to point to this thread.

(This just so I can accept my own answer so the issue is closed.)

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  • $\begingroup$ Starting the protocol. The dynamic tag page still exists, shows tag wiki excerpt and zero threads. $\endgroup$ – amoeba Jul 14 '16 at 16:23
  • $\begingroup$ The tag seems to have disappeared now. $\endgroup$ – Stephan Kolassa Jul 15 '16 at 8:23
  • $\begingroup$ I have posted a test question with "dynamic" tag. The tag wiki excerpt did not come back, see dynamic page. I will delete this question after some minutes. $\endgroup$ – amoeba Jul 15 '16 at 9:40
  • $\begingroup$ I erased the test question. The dynamic tag page still exists, showing empty tag wiki excerpt. $\endgroup$ – amoeba Jul 15 '16 at 10:31
  • $\begingroup$ (Forgot to check earlier.) The tag is gone again, for good. End of protocol. $\endgroup$ – amoeba Jul 19 '16 at 0:15

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