We have decided to burninate the tag by a clear majority (46 to 7 with 750 views):

It is now time to work out the details.

I have added an answer below to outline the basic process I think we should follow.

Please add your own thoughts to this discussion and up vote answer(s) you agree with.

You may also answer to cover other things we could or should do during this process, to make the final outcome as positive for the site as possible.

For example, this is the place to make the case for any new tags that you consider worthwhile for the few questions that might have been legitimately tagged in the past. As a reminder, we already have and .

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Basic process

  1. Change the excerpt to state that it should not be used.

  2. Retag questions that currently have only the tag.

    This is to avoid questions becoming when is removed.

    There are currently approximately 229 questions (SEDE query) that qualify, so we will need to deal with these at a sensible rate over a period of time.

    We will coordinate this effort using a separate meta Q & A and/or chat room.

Once that process is complete, we can move on to:

  1. Burninate .

    This will remove it from questions that have other tags besides . There are far too many of these for us to do manually, so we will need the assistance of a Community Manager.

...and finally:

  1. Blacklist to prevent it being recreated.

Note: this answer does not propose creating , as in the original discussion post.

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    Shouldn't we blacklist sql as step-1 ? (or maybe step-2).
    – Hannah Vernon Mod
    Oct 14, 2018 at 3:03
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    @MaxVernon As I understand it, a blacklist request will only be considered once burnination is complete. I will check though.
    – Paul White Mod
    Oct 14, 2018 at 3:04
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    @MaxVernon I checked. Blacklisting early would have the undesirable side-effect of disallowing edits to questions with the [sql] tag (unless the tag was removed as part of the edit). This would be confusing for people unaware of the tag cleanup effort.
    – Paul White Mod
    Oct 31, 2018 at 5:48

Just to document the option, I think it would be useful to retain a tag for the language for those odd times when someone has a question about some aspect of the language that works across many database-management-systems.

If you agree it would be useful to have a tag for the language, outside of the existing tag, , upvote this option for .

Some example questions that have been tagged with , that might be well-served by :

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    You’re winning me over. sql-language has the big disadvantage that askers will start typing sql and select it from the list. Oct 14, 2018 at 18:35
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    I remain unconvinced about this tag and have edited the tags on some of the example questions accordingly (as have others). If you want this tag to stick around, you'll also need to give it much better (more concrete) usage guidance than the current "Use for questions regarding aspects of the Structured Query Language."
    – Paul White Mod
    Oct 26, 2018 at 11:04

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