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I got thinking, and the tag is pretty dumb. What's everyone think about nuking, banning, and retagging the affected questions? There are 197 at the moment, 30 of which are single tag.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, that's pretty dumb. We should get rid of them all and replace them with the "question" tag. \$\endgroup\$ – Olin Lathrop Oct 7 '15 at 23:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ That's going to leave a lot of untagged questions \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Oct 8 '15 at 1:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Passerby What's worse, a stupid, meaningless tag, or having to go through a re-tag some questions? \$\endgroup\$ – Matt Young Oct 8 '15 at 1:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ Considering there's a bunch currently untagged, including year old questions, maybe deal with those first instead of adding another what, 30? electronics.stackexchange.com/tags/untagged \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Oct 8 '15 at 1:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ Given that the site has both "electrical" and "electronics" in the name, it's pretty much implied that any on-topic question here is already about something vaguely electrical. So the [electrical] tag doesn't really seem to add any value. \$\endgroup\$ – MarkU Oct 8 '15 at 2:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Passerby most of those [untagged] questions are downvoted/low quality, but I agree with tagging the useful questions. \$\endgroup\$ – MarkU Oct 8 '15 at 2:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ Just flagged most of those as "Per meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5221/… and meta.stackexchange.com/questions/78048/… and meta.stackexchange.com/questions/225586/… please delete this negative score, unanswered, closed, rejected migration question. It's crudding up the place." \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Oct 8 '15 at 2:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ Because we try to migrate a lot of stuff out -__-, when those get rejected, the system Locks the questions, and prevents them from being auto deleted like normally crap questions get deleted. And that's just the ones in the untagged tag, who knows how many other exist \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Oct 8 '15 at 2:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MattYoung sorry, didn't mean to hijack your question... \$\endgroup\$ – MarkU Oct 8 '15 at 2:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MarkU No matter, I think we got some positive actions going as a result. \$\endgroup\$ – Matt Young Oct 8 '15 at 2:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ Per @MarkU's observation, maybe we could change the software to tag every question "electrical". I like uniformity :) \$\endgroup\$ – gbarry Oct 8 '15 at 4:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ In the UK it's a pretty common distinction to use "electrical" to mean higher voltage and/or power (ususally mains AC, but also automotive 12V and 24V, DC links etc.) engineering and "electronic" to mean small-signal and low-power engineering. The tag makes sense to me in that context, but I've realised recently that that distinction isn't international. \$\endgroup\$ – Xcodo Oct 8 '15 at 12:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ @xcodo we have a tag for mains and high voltage already. See the related questions in the side for the clean up on that \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Oct 8 '15 at 13:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'll ask for a tag wipe on Monday, barring any compelling counter argument. \$\endgroup\$ – W5VO Oct 10 '15 at 0:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @W5VO It's Friday and the tag's still here. Any update on this? \$\endgroup\$ – Matt Young Oct 16 '15 at 15:21
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Are you damn sure about destroying electical?

I was. I also blacklisted the tag. Please look over untagged questions to provide correct tags or vote to delete.

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I'm in favor of removing it. While one could argue that we do allow non-electrical questions (signal/control theory, embedded programming, HDL, history...), all of those subjects are on-topic because of their relation to electricity and electrical engineering. Also, there are far more electrical questions than any other kind. Looking at the front page right now, I see one programming question, one control theory question, one pure digital question, and 47 "electrical" questions. A tag that applies to ~95% of our questions does not seem very useful.

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    \$\begingroup\$ In some parts of the world a distinction is made between electronic engineering and electrical engineering (low power/voltage vs. high power/voltage?). \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Mortensen Oct 8 '15 at 19:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ Power distribution vs. electronics is a legitimate distinction, but I don't think "electrical" is the right term for that here. \$\endgroup\$ – Adam Haun Oct 8 '15 at 19:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ TLDR; this "electrical" tag is as useful as stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/programming or stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/software would be on SO. \$\endgroup\$ – Fizz Oct 8 '15 at 21:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AdamHaun: Correct. For power distribution we have [[power-distribution]]. And for power transmission, we have [[power-transmission]]. \$\endgroup\$ – Li-aung Yip Oct 9 '15 at 8:11
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I've looked at this on and off over the past week. Now, I count approximately 10 questions with the single [electrical] tag, and some of these questions are very poor - they should be easy to deal with.

I think the tag is safe to remove. The untagged remainder can be cleaned up pretty quickly.

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