has 13 questions today. Some are about rounding numbers. Others about truncating strings. There are questions about log truncation. And of course the one most obvious to me, about table truncation, SQL-style.

Can we burninate this tag?

But even has questions about both table truncation and log truncation (from a quick glance).

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Can we burninate the [truncation] tag?

Yes you can get rid of by manually retagging the existing 13 questions to not use it. The tag will be deleted by the system within 24 hours once it is no longer applied to any questions.

If is recreated (unlikely since it has not exactly been popular) we might look at blacklisting it. Deleting and blacklisting tags cannot be done by moderators, so we would need to involve a community manager. Shog9 used to handle such requests.

The situation with (99 questions) would be better discussed as a separate meta question.

  • Yes, of course burniation isn't needed. I'll start editing questions. Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 12:14
  • Truncation is removed everywhere cc @Colin'tHart
    – Tom V
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 12:20
  • @TomV-trytopanswers.xyz I blinked and I missed it. Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 12:21

I absolutely agree that truncate and truncation are overloaded terms on their own, even when limiting their usage strictly to databases. However, should these tags really just go? It may still be useful to have log truncation and table truncation, as concepts, covered by tags, and if we agree on that, why burninate the tags when we could make them synonyms of more accurately named tags?

The tag has already got some usage guidance:

A DDL operation that quickly removes all rows.

Based on that, I suggest we keep it as a synonym of a new tag called – or, perhaps, it could be .

And for log truncation we could create a tag called and make its synonym.

As for numeric truncation and string truncation, the former is too generic an operation to need a dedicated tag in the context of working with databases, while the latter can be viewed as part of the variety of string operations that are sufficiently covered by the already existing tag. Still, we could add a synonym, , for it if we agree that this type of operation comes up often enough in questions that we should enable the system to guide a question asker or a tag editor to the correct tag.

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