As far as I can tell there's only ever been one post utilizing the ducks tag without the tikzducks tag. might they not just as well be merged? or would it be acceptable for me to start asking about duck-trivia on TeX.Se as long as I use the ducks tag? Will the site slowly turn into a duck encyclopedia?

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    I am missing pstricksducks and metapostducks and svgducks and epsducks as well...
    – user31729
    Mar 12, 2018 at 14:16
  • Since I removed all my comments to Henri Menke's answer it may be unclear, but I completely agree to remove the duck tag from the main site.
    – CarLaTeX
    Mar 19, 2018 at 8:41

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You are right, the tag is quite pointless outside of Meta. Since ducks are sort of an inside joke on TeX.SX, I have retagged all the questions (following the same reasoning as in A proposal to include a duck in our background image).

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    @CarLaTeX You have 63 votes in favour and 35 against the proposal out of a total of 126k users. That's hardly democratic. And only because a few people who visit this site very frequently have an inside joke, does not justify forcing it onto anyone else. I completely agree with cfr here. Mar 13, 2018 at 6:58
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    @CarLaTeX That's quite a difference because that is on Meta which is far less outward facing than the main site. As you might notice, I didn't touch the ducks tag on Meta. Mar 13, 2018 at 7:36
  • @CarLaTeX I personally wouldn't mind but you'd have to ask the site devs if it's possible to have different pictures for main and meta. Mar 13, 2018 at 10:50
  • @CarLaTeX with the amount of changes coming to SO I surely hope they'll allow different top bars on meta and main (I don't know though) Mar 13, 2018 at 13:08
  • What's with ducksay and the upcoming duckuments packages? They don't have their own tags as far as I know.
    – Skillmon
    Mar 13, 2018 at 15:40
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    @CarLaTeX yes, there is, just uploaded it to CTAN but it's not accepted yet. You can take a look on github and a small example of use here on TeX.SX. Sadly I just recognize, that I should have named it differently, so that one can create a duckument class.
    – Skillmon
    Mar 13, 2018 at 18:58
  • @CarLaTeX the package came late compared to the initial answer. Maybe you upvoted the initial one, but the edit was afterwards.
    – Skillmon
    Mar 13, 2018 at 19:15
  • @Skillmon: I wonder how many clones of your github repository will appear ;-)
    – user31729
    Mar 13, 2018 at 19:45
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    @Skillmon Fantastic! Never again the boring example-image, from now on example images will be fun! Mar 13, 2018 at 21:30
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    I used to like ducks but then some duck apologists started flooding my favourite internet board with childish duck memes and now I can't stand them anymore. Also please move this discussion to chat. I keep on getting notified. Mar 16, 2018 at 1:19
  • @HenriMenke Sorry. I'm afraid I rather lost track of the fact that this was discussion on your post. And I really, really, really hope this doesn't get dragged up again. (I know it is my fault for rising to it.)
    – cfr
    Mar 17, 2018 at 0:20

This is too long for a comment, but it's meta anyway. :)

I remember when I saw this question in our main site: LaTeX template for the journal "Blood"

Almost instinctively, and having myself enough reputation, I decided to lighten up the mood and did the following:


I giggled for almost 3 minutes (hee hee vampires), but then later I realized it wouldn't be fair to the community, as I was misusing the tagging system (which serves a very important purpose) for a something other than keeping organisation and classifying topics of interest. Three minutes later, there was my edit once again:

No more vampires

(in the meantime, Tom had correctly added the tag to the question)

I think we (the community) owe a great deal to fantastic people who devoted their online time to tagging questions, in particular (to name one) Thomas Titz (aka lockstep). So keeping the system in good health is important for new users and even for us regulars, for making information easily searchable and honour the efforts of our peers to make knowledge reachable.

I, of all users here, love the silliness in our duck-related jokes, but I think sometimes we need to refrain ourselves of a too bold move. Tagging is perhaps one of few dogmatic entities around, so it's better to not poke it.

In meta, well... meta is a different thing. :)

  • In the comments I deleted there was also the one that I completely agree to remove the duck tag on the main site, of course.
    – CarLaTeX
    Mar 17, 2018 at 11:00
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    You could have combined the Duck and the Vampire aspect with Count Duckula ;-)
    – user31729
    Mar 17, 2018 at 14:04
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    @ChristianHupfer ooh das Vampirente Mar 17, 2018 at 15:07

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