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. 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. 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. 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
    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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