The tag has quite a few questions (>250), but it seems to me the tag is redundant. (It also has no tag wiki, which is usually a sign, at this stage in the site's life, that the tag shouldn't exist.)

Many of them are better covered (and often already tagged) as , etc. Questions about how to manipulate and transform data in some way -- say, interpolating it -- would be better tagged according to type of transformation, e.g. .

It would be quite a bit of retagging / tag deletion work to get that done. What do people think?

  • Related discussion about low quality tags: Possible tag merge: table, matrix, array. Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 9:49
  • In my opinion, there are also advantages to keeping low quality tags. They can be an opportunity for new users to apply a tag, without doing a "harmful" mistag, like for example applying bugs. Nobody has to use the data tag in a search if they don't want to and the presence of a tag like data or table in the list of tags for a question is only mildly distracting. It can always be removed if there are already 5 tags and a nicer tag does not fit. Of course when a user tags as data when dataset would have been better, that is a missed opportunity, but again people can edit. Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 9:59
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    I suppose a major disadvantage of keeping the tag would be that it can show up in the tags list, where it is currently at the second page. Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 10:14
  • How could questions related to scientific data be tagged? I didn't see a good alternative, and I think such a tag might be helpful to some site visitors. Disclosure: not to me personally, though. (Now the difference between the "image" and "imagedata" tags is inscrutable to me. That's a separate issue, but I happened to notice looking at the various data tags.)
    – Michael E2
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 16:13

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After looking through the list of -tagged questions, I agree with Verbeia. Overly general tags like are essentially void of information, thus they do more harm than good.

I suggest blacklisting this tag to get rid of it for good. Otherwise it will keep coming back.

Would blacklisting auto-remove it from all those 250 questions?

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