The tag is used 29 times. Out of these, 17 are tagged which is definitely the wrong use of tags.

I suppose iron as in the material might be on-topic, when discussing various chemical aspects as in how well it conducts etc, but I kind of doubt we need a separate tag just for that. In-depth questions about the characteristics of iron should probably be posted at https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/ instead.

At the very least I propose that we remove the tag from the 17 incorrectly tagged solder iron questions.


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Iron is definitely 'too meta' and describes too many different things.

The questions fell into three categories:

  • Iron soldering: These I remapped to there were at least 9 that fell into this category. Most users had a double tag of and attached to these questions.
  • Iron Core: There were 7 questions, I created a tag called and *merged the tag to since these had the most questions tagged for iron. (If a user types in iron, they probably mean iron core. This also forces users to consider which tag they mean instead of just an ambiguous 'iron' tag.
  • Iron Chloride: 1 Question, created a tag for , which is used for etching.
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    \$\begingroup\$ R.e. the last point, wouldn't [ferric-chloride] be a better option for a tag? \$\endgroup\$ Feb 8, 2022 at 20:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, but for the people who type in iron, they'll get iron-chloride, with tags it's a user interface game \$\endgroup\$
    – Voltage Spike Mod
    Feb 8, 2022 at 20:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ On reflection it seems wiki uses iron-chloride, so shows what I know. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 8, 2022 at 20:14

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