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Can we kill the [data-security] tag?

In looking at the questions using that tag, I'd have to agree it is entirely redundant. As usual I'll await a bit more of a consensus, but I'd be happy removing it.
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What to do about [tag:nfc] and [tag:near-field-communication]?

To simplify voting I will post my suggested solution here as an answer instead of as part of the question. I think we should keep nfc as the main tag, and make the other a synonym. Three letter ...
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Spam, spam, [spammer] and [spam]

AviD has turned spammer into a synonym of spam. Problem solved.
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What's the point of tags?

I subscribe to the ones I'm most interested in so they are highlighted, and anti-subscribe to the ones I am not interested so they fade and reduce the visual clutter. shrug I find it actually helpful....
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Time to file [file] for burnination?

Agreed. I'll make some time later today to update some of them, and would ask others to also update over the next couple of days - not all at once or the front page will be full of these.
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The great 2015 tag cleaning

As Gilles said we should probably look at tools 149 questions, but I'm not sure it's really useful as well. Mostly used whenever someone wants something to do some kind of job for them. Also it's ...
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Do we need both a smartphone tag and a phone tag?

I'd suggest we need both as all phones are not necessarily smartphones. In fact all the disaster folks I work with use non-smartphones (such as the Nokia 6210i) specifically as they do not require the ...
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Rename [csrf] → [cross-site-request-forgery]

I agree with @RoryAlsop here. Let's keep the main tag csrf and let cross-site-request-forgery be a synonym, just in case. Just as with SQL, which is rarely ever called "Structured Query Language", ...
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The great 2015 tag cleaning

attacks looks like a pointless meta tag. Attack of what? I can't think of an instance where this tag would ever be correctly used by itself or be used to filter questions (which is the point of tags). ...
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Are [ssl-interception] and [tls-intercept] the same thing?

I don't see a difference in usage. Some questions are even tagged with both. Since ssl is a synonym for tls, and tags are preferably nouns, I'd suggest to merge them withtls-interception as a master ...
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Are [deletion] and [destruction] synonyms?

I can see scenarios where it would be useful to have them as separate tags, assuming we populate the deletion one, with destruction being used for physical items (hard drives, paper etc.) and deletion ...
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The great 2015 tag cleaning

Here are a few tags that I question their need: ai and ads don't seem required at all. regexp most-likely should be called "regex" (edit: looks like this is debatable, didn't know both were used), ...
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What to do with new tags that should not be?

If a tag has no categorization usefulness, it should be removed. If a clearly bad tag is used by only one question, you as a 2K+ user can strike it out of existence yourself. (Users without the edit ...
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Ambiguous [image] tag

I think we should split the tag. I agree. I propose using disk-image for forensic sector-for-sector copies of a storage medium. Since the bulk of the questions are about "depictions of visual ...
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Remove the `professional-education` tag

Definitely not. We have 179 questions tagged professional-education and it has 4 synonyms in use as well. This is actually a very useful tag, despite those closed questions you have seen on page 1.
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The great 2015 tag cleaning

Perhaps we should merge prng into random since prng is not as widely used and the questions all fit under random.
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Duplicated tags: should "deletion" and "securedelete" be merged?

On another SE, I would say "no". But on Information Security, I think the answer is "yes". The notion of "deleting information", in a security context, implies - or should imply - securely deleting ...
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Do we do meta tags like [homework]?

Absolutely agree, it is pointless and not a good path to go down. I think it was added out of anger, towards an apparently deceitful OP who was trying to "put one over on us". Understandable, but ...
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What is the point of company-specific tags and should we burninate them?

Microsoft does more than make products. They have security expertise, they have services and documents. Their product decisions affect the industry as a whole. I immediately agreed with you when I ...
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Usefulness of an "Information" tag usage on Information Security SE?

Well spotted. There are a handful of tags, like this one, that keep popping up. Feel free to edit it off from those posts, and we'll remove it again
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Tag suggestion: analog-hole

Please update your post with links to ones that you think need it. We can then review, and if it is useful, we can add that tag. The caveat here is, "if it is useful." Creating tags that don't help ...
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Let's be hard on [software] and soft on [hardware]

Is there a subset of security questions that would benefit from the software tag? If not, I agree with you that we should nuke it. I'll get a full look through, but right now I think you are right. ...
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"protection" and "secure" tags

My impression after a non-exhaustive review: secure is totally meaningless on this site and can and should be nuked. protection is sometimes meaningful but is not a good tag name. The tag should be ...
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What's the point of tags?

I must admit I felt a bit offended when I read the title of your question. :-) Not sure I will produce a solid answer though. Tags makes questions searchable. The word time might show up in a lot of ...
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Can we authoritatively merge [certificates] and [x.509]?

NO! x.509 != certificates. Closely related, for sure, but: certificates is not a subset of x.509 because, for example, e-passports use the EAC format for certificates. x.509 is not a subset of ...
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Let's be hard on [software] and soft on [hardware]

I agree with removing the software tag (in almost all cases, this is implied), but I think the hardware tag should remain, as there are a lot of uses for it.
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