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This was discussed before but that discussion is outdated.

Tags related to a specific person are generally bad. (This is not the same as specific topics named after a person, e.g. Galois theory is not really about Évariste Galois.) Some exceptions can still make sense, Paul Erdős is certainly a strong candidate for such an exception.

Whether or not this is a good idea, the tag does exist with 31 questions and no usage guidance.

What should we do with it:

  • Leave as is? (And explain how it should be used!)
  • Rename to erdos-problems or similar? Perhaps multiple related tags?
  • Eliminate the tag entirely?
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    $\begingroup$ Tags related to a specific person are generally bad I suggest adding an argument as to why. $\endgroup$ Oct 14 at 22:36
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    $\begingroup$ @FedericoPoloni There are several. For one, it would mostly be a meta-tag except for question about the person's life (see here for more info on meta-tags). I generally use some quick litmus tests to determine whether a tag is good or bad. The first test is: can I think of more than three contexts where one would search for this tag? The second test is: can I think of more than three people who might subscribe to notifications for this tag? This particular case fails the first but passes the second. $\endgroup$ Oct 14 at 22:48
  • $\begingroup$ Can we get a hilbert tag? $\endgroup$ Oct 17 at 19:29
  • $\begingroup$ @SidharthGhoshal, I don't know if there's room for a hilbert. $\endgroup$
    – LSpice
    Oct 18 at 19:51
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    $\begingroup$ @LSpice, just move all the other tags up by one. $\endgroup$ Oct 18 at 21:55

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In order to have something to vote on, I give @FrançoisG.Dorais's three suggestions as three separate answers.

  1. Eliminate the tag entirely.
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  • $\begingroup$ This one is my choice (I was surprised to see that the tag existed and had content!), but I can't vote for my own answer. $\endgroup$
    – LSpice
    Oct 14 at 14:42
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    $\begingroup$ I voted for you. $\endgroup$ Oct 14 at 15:06
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In order to have something to vote on, I give @FrançoisG.Dorais's three suggestions as three separate answers.

  1. Rename to or similar. Perhaps multiple related tags.
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    $\begingroup$ If you vote for this option, please add your preferred rename(s) in a comment. $\endgroup$ Oct 14 at 15:08
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    $\begingroup$ I think erdos-problem would be a much better tag. The tag erdos is a good illustration of "what's an example of a poor tag name?" Should I ask a question about a mathematical problem in which Erdős was involved, I wouldn't tag "erdos" because it's not a question about Erdős. $\endgroup$
    – YCor
    Oct 17 at 8:07
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In order to have something to vote on, I give @FrançoisG.Dorais's three suggestions as three separate answers.

  1. Leave as is. (And explain how it should be used!)
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    $\begingroup$ If you vote for this option, please comment on how you think the tag should be used. $\endgroup$ Oct 14 at 15:09
  • $\begingroup$ @FrançoisG.Dorais, I guess a vote for this option together with no comment indicates that it should receive the empty use, i.e., none at all? 😄 $\endgroup$
    – LSpice
    Oct 15 at 21:46
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    $\begingroup$ I voted for this option just because I love Erdos! and I have no idea how the tag should be used. Just thought that seeing his name among the tags would be cool [insert shrug emoji] $\endgroup$
    – polfosol
    Oct 16 at 17:05
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Just for the record, here are links to the 30 questions currently (Oct 18, 2022 18:20 GMT) tagged . Indeed, in case the tag is eliminated, this list might fail to be produceable.

The following 6 have no primary tag:

The other 24 (14 are tagged , 12 , 5 have both; 4 have ):

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