During the process of burninating [tag:software], I found other ill-defined tags. I have collected them for us to tackle together. It's time to sort out this tagging mess. Let's get this started.

What are good tags?

  1. Does the tag add valuable information when it is added to a question?
  2. Can the tag be the only tag of a question?
  3. Does the tag commonly mean the same thing for different people?
  4. Does the tag create a specific, well-defined category?
  5. Can you see anyone at some point subscribing to the tag or searching for related questions by using the tag?
  6. Can you see anyone using this tag to ignore a topic?
  7. Is there a very similar tag that is more popular which could be applied instead?

If a tag's usefulness is contested, think about whether its name or definition could be improved and rather err on allowing it.


Applying that logic, some examples for good and bad tags:

  1. Software tags – GOOD

  2. Service tags – GOOD

  3. Altcoin tags – GOOD

  4. Cryptocurrency specific terms – GOOD

  5. Tags that describe the question, not the content – BAD

  6. Tags that mean different things in different topics – BAD

  7. Tags that could be used on (almost) any question – BAD

  8. Tags that are off-topic – BAD

How to help?

Pick a tag that you are familiar with and look through questions tagged with it. Fix the whole question, also fix:

  • grammar errors
  • bad titles
  • remove inappropriate tags
  • add tags that should be on the question.

Anyone can suggest edits! Feel free to join us in the Bitcoin Lounge. :)

If you feel that a tag on this list should rather be kept unchanged, move it to the disputed section, and post an answer why it should stay.

Tags to be evaluated and processed

I previously had my preliminary notes in the above list, but that made it completely unreadable, so I moved it to this >> tag overview table.

Tags to delete

Don't just delete the tag from the question and ignore everything else.
If a question also has grammatical errors, terrible title, et cetera, then fix that along with removing the tag.

Tags to fix

Either these tags have been re-defined or were being used inconsistently. Questions marked with this tag need to be checked and retagged accordingly. When a tag from this category has been cleaned, please add it to the Fixed section at the bottom, so no one else spends time on them.

Disputed Tags





  • Hmm, that shiny new diamond looking thing next to your name might help a bit with this ;)
    – Tim Post
    Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 15:20
  • Cool. :D I'll see that I get on to it a bit later today, once I get home from work and get a handle on all this new information I am seeing. ;)
    – Murch Mod
    Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 16:18
  • 1
    Damn! You put a lot of work into this. I'll have a crack at a few of these.
    – user4276
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 21:49
  • 1
    @fredsbend: Don't miss the "tag overview table" which gives some reasons and thoughts about why some things are bad.
    – Murch Mod
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 21:51

1 Answer 1


Please use the format

– Offense (reason to be deleted)

For any tags that aren't obvious perpetrators, please open a new post and link them here.

Candidates for Burninating

Ongoing discussions

Comments on how some tags might be handled

list to be continued starting from "E".


  • I would like Transaction-Maliability and Tx-ID to be merged and or an alias created. Commented Mar 3, 2014 at 18:22
  • @makerofthings7 See: meta.bitcoin.stackexchange.com/q/521/5406
    – Murch Mod
    Commented Mar 3, 2014 at 18:25
  • Suggestion: Merge miner into mining.
    – Nick ODell
    Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 16:04
  • [miner] and [mining] have been merged.
    – Murch Mod
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 7:39

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