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I've just noticed that

PADS is a CAD PCB editor produced by Mentor Graphics

and

PADS is a software package from Mentor Graphics used for schematic capture, PCB layout, and circuit simulation.

exist and aren't aliasies of each other.

Since is highly ambiguous, but still has only 68 questions to date, I'd like to replace it with on all the question about Mentor PADS, and with on all question about a PCB contact in SMT technology (and fix the description).

Afterwards, I'd like to ask for to be blacklisted – with and as the things an asker would immediately recognize as correct tags while typing.

Is that a desirable mode of operation?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This probably needs a concerted effort by the community to retag questions that currently have the [pads] tag first. Then the [pads] tag can be blacklisted, as appropriate. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast StaffMod
    Oct 28, 2021 at 21:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast The [pads] tag has been removed from all questions now. Can we blacklist it now? \$\endgroup\$
    – Null Mod
    Feb 2 at 13:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Null: A mod should add the [status-review] tag to this post, if there is community consensus that the tag should be blocked... Though the answers here only have 1 and 2 upvotes respectively, so I'm not sure that consensus has been clearly established. (To be fair, you posted the 1-upvote answer an hour ago, so barely anyone's had time to see it, much less upvote it.) \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast StaffMod
    Feb 2 at 15:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ (That said, the [pads] tag may not necessarily need to be blocked if no one ends up recreating it; it's possible that the existence of the two other tags with clear tag wikis will be sufficient to keep anyone with 300+ rep (who has the privilege to create tags) from feeling like they need to recreate an ambiguous [pads] tag.) \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast StaffMod
    Feb 2 at 15:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast I do think [pads] needs to be blocked, as it is too similar to a different concept. Clear tag wikis are the bare minimum but typically are woefully insufficient to encourage users to use tags properly. \$\endgroup\$
    – Null Mod
    Feb 2 at 16:14

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I stumbled across this same situation and found this discussion, so for the past few days I've been retagging questions using . This is now complete so we can block now.

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Sounds good to me. I am a bit worried about how the tag would be found by people that didn't use the word "mentor"

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  • \$\begingroup\$ typing in "pads" should still suggest it, right? \$\endgroup\$ Sep 10, 2021 at 14:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, the autosuggest does come up correctly. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 10, 2021 at 14:48

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