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Six months ago, the tag was burninated as useless.

The tag was supposedly blacklisted as early as 2014, but has come back repeatedly, including in 2020.

The tag (at the time of posting of this question) has 15 questions and still no tag wiki. It is completely useless, about as useful as a [programming] tag on Stack Overflow, a [vintage] tag on Retrocomputing SE, or a [language] tag on Linguistics SE.

I believe it is high time to burninate this tag for the last time and blacklist it.

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    $\begingroup$ I am removing the tag from the existing questions - would do it over a span of days so as to not bump all the questions at once. On a side note, I had started removing the tag from new questions since last year (after your post) - still seem to have missed some since the number of such questions increased. $\endgroup$ Jan 28 at 15:06
  • $\begingroup$ Update: the [history] tag has now been successfully burninated, hopefully for the last time. $\endgroup$ Feb 4 at 11:26
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    $\begingroup$ @TheAmplitwist the tag is [history]. $\endgroup$ Feb 4 at 11:30

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Looks like the problem is with the way the block was implemented (as site mods can verify on this page, which lists all blocked tags and other blocked input for the site).

The regex for this particular tag-blocking seems to specifically check for a tag name consisting solely of history- followed by one or more "word characters" (i.e. alphanumeric characters or underscores).

So as written, something like history-of matches the regex (meaning can't be created as a tag). But just history doesn't match the regex (since it doesn't have the hyphen or a word character after it), and neither does history-of-science (since it has at least one non-word character: the hyphen) – meaning it doesn't stop or from being (re)created as tags.


The tag block has now been fixed. A dev has updated the regex for the blocklist to ensure that history will be blocked (i.e. can no longer be created as a tag), as well as anything beginning with the word history followed by any combination of dashes and alpha-numeric chars.

The tag still needs to be manually removed from the questions it's on (which I believe can be done by moderators or other users). Once this tag is "burninated", users should no longer be able to recreate it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you share the regex? $\endgroup$
    – Ooker
    Feb 11 at 21:55

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