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Many questions ask essentially about reusing pieces of text in multiple places in a document. The question titles don't always reflect this commonality. Answers call for external files, boxes, redefined macros, writing to the aux file, ...

Should there be a tag for this? Perhaps reuse?

I have asked or answered several such questions. Here are a few:

I have enough reputation to create this tag, but given the warnings in help about doing so with care, want opinions before I do.

  • this does seem useful, but i wouldn't like to see it applied to such things as the toc or various "lists of", or marks used for running heads, even though those are distinctly examples of reuse. – barbara beeton Dec 30 '13 at 15:57
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    This seems like a pretty good idea, but perhaps we should make it something more descriptive. Perhaps content-replication? reuse seems too vague. – Sean Allred Jan 1 '14 at 5:24
  • another tag, [reuse-content], appeared on this question. this was changed to [content-replication], which was just added as a new tag. i tried to propose the [reuse-content] as a synonym, but was not allowed to. will someone else, who has the necessary privilege, please do so. – barbara beeton Jan 1 '14 at 17:33
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    @barbarabeeton I tagged a question with [reuse-content] and suggested it as a synonym for [content-replication]. The SE documentation suggests that several users of the tag have to approve the synonym. But there aren't many users, so it will probably live in limbo, unless a moderator addresses the question. – Ethan Bolker Jan 8 '14 at 0:22

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