It's a little used tag, and it's ambiguous: for some questions it refers to static electricity, and for some it refers to static variables in programming. I suggest to add a tag "static-electricity" and remove the "static" tag. I don't think for the programming questions the tag "static" is very useful.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm in favor of static-electricity. Perhaps the moderators can rename the tag? If there is ever some merit in tagging for static variables, and I am not convinced there is, that ought to be a separate, unambiguous tag. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 3, 2013 at 15:38

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So looking at the general situation, I went ahead and cleared out the two other odd usages such as (static) . I also want to consider the and tags as well because these are really all similar topics. I agree that is not a good tag and could easily be renamed, but I would like to have a more comprehensive solution.

General topics covered and proposed retagging:

  • Protecting a circuit from static discharge. This includes handling precautions and techniques for storage and manufacturing, as well as circuit design for ESD protection. Currently covered by primarily and . This may be better suited to a new tag, or we could make the wiki for more explicity inclusive.
  • General static electricity phenomena. There are a few questions in that would be suitable for renaming to .

I think the topics discussing ESD need a tag starting with "ESD" or else it won't pop up easily in the tag search results, but everything else seems reasonable.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks a bunch. Can't we make "ESD" and "antistatic" synonyms of "static-electricity", so that they get renamed automagically, and that we don't end up with too many similar tags? \$\endgroup\$
    – radagast
    Dec 3, 2013 at 21:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @radagast The reason I'm posting is to get consensus from the community before making an irreversible change. What you describe is certainly possible, but I don't think that your proposed mapping is ideal. \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    Dec 3, 2013 at 21:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ If there's less than, say, 10 questions that are purely about the physics of static electricity, I agree with @radagast that it makes sense to have esd and static-electricity as synonyms. \$\endgroup\$
    – The Photon
    Dec 16, 2013 at 16:59

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