In the light of Pat's competition to improve the site, I've been reading, editing and voting on some of the older questions. I've recently come across two that already had edits saying they were adding a tag, but the tag wasn't on the question:



Has anyone else been noticing this, or did ire_and_curses and I make a mistake the first time we edited these questions?

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    By the way, thanks for all the reading/editing/voting!
    – Pat Ludwig Mod
    Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 12:20

2 Answers 2


Across the SE network tags that are only used once are auto-purged after 6 months or so by design.

This is kind of a pain for us, but we have to deal with it. Arqade also deals with this on a regular basis.

When I ask a question about a new game I make an attempt to ask two questions about it. Usually the second question is a bit more lame, but it will keep the tag hanging around.

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    Thanks - this is almost certainly the answer. I'll add another Blokus question, and try and find out a bit more about the Pillars of the Earth!
    – tttppp
    Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 12:44
  • I've seen this here too -- a question should almost always have a game-specific tag, so when it doesn't that's a hint. BH has been having the same problem and one of the mods there came up with a clever idea to address it. Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 17:22
  • @MonicaCellio - looks like a good idea!
    – Pat Ludwig Mod
    Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 17:27
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    We recently got auto tag deletion turned off on Arqade. Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 17:56

As of last summer (or winter if you are on the other side of the equator from me), tags with wikis are preserved. So if you tag a question with game that doesn't have any more questions, you may:

  1. Write up a tag wiki, or
  2. Ask another question.

Either will preserve the tag.

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