This recent question has made me wonder if maybe we should delete a tag if the only question/s it points to have been heavily down voted and/or closed: How do I tell other gay people that they sound stupid calling themselves "queer"?, resulting in this somewhat lacking page: https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/queer

As you can see, the question created a new tag "queer" and as such, there are no other questions with that tag other than one which has been heavily down voted and closed. And so I was wondering how much (if any) worth does a tag like this have? While it is a valid tag that may apply to past/future questions, there are currently none, and simply re-making the tag if ever such a question arises is not a big deal.

The question is somewhat new and there is another meta post about whether to delete/re-open it. Can the question about using the word "queer" be reopened, after a quick edit? So this particular case may get re-opened, but I would appreciate answers assuming that won't happen anytime soon.

Is there any reason we should keep the tag alive, and if not, how should we go about removing it?

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    Tags will be automatically deleted by the system after 24 hours if there are no questions with that tag (MSE). Not sure if deleted questions count towards that, but the tag could be edited out.
    – Em C
    Dec 19, 2017 at 17:18

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If anything would be a subset of and I would suspect that it's a small enough subset that it doesn't really need a separate tag at the moment.

Most people who would identify as queer wouldn't have a problem with identifying as LGBT+ but as demonstrated by that question the opposite isn't always true.

  • Seems appropriate for this specific case thankyou, how about more generally? Such as if another tag is in a similar position but doesn't fit into a subset?
    – Jesse
    Dec 19, 2017 at 15:48
  • Do you think changing the it will worth changing lgbt+ tag to lgbtq+ ?
    – Vylix
    Dec 20, 2017 at 7:42
  • @Vylix It doesn't make much difference to me. LGBT+ is slightly more recognizable than some of the longer acronyms though.
    – apaul
    Dec 20, 2017 at 15:53

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