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What makes a question plain tex versus latex? Does it really matter?

We have two tags that try to separate the differences: tex-core is about format-independent questions involving TeX the language, and so it can be used for LaTeX questions involving TeX primitives. ...
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Why is there an {untagged} tag?

Every question has to be tagged, but it's possible for all valid tags to 'vanish'. This is most obviously true for migration but can also occur if tag cleanup removes a tag. In these cases questions ...
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What makes a question plain tex versus latex? Does it really matter?

Note that you can not actually use plain tex in latex. plain is a different format defined in plain.tex which is not input into the latex format. There are of course some macros with the same name in ...
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The {elsarticle} tag and Elsevier's new classes

Turned my comment into an answer so it can be downvoted as well. I'd vote for option 3, that is to say a new tag els-cas. It seems to me that elsarticle and cas-... classes are sufficiently different ...
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A tag for Brazilian TeXers (ABNT)

I've seized the initiative and created the abnt tag. I just assigned it to a question that clearly falls in the scope of the tag. I leave to our Brazilian friends, so fond of their beloved ABNT, to ...
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Is it appropriate to add a tag that applies to the accepted answer rather than the question?

The general position has always been that tags are about questions, not answers. So tagging because an answer (accepted or not) uses a particular package has not been regarded as desirable.
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Suggestion: tombstone/qed/halmos/end-of-environment... tag

Certainly if a tag is added qed should be the tag name rather than tombstone, but I think the existing theorems tag should be fine, although several questions asking about this do not currently have ...
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Why is there an {untagged} tag?

There are now only five questions in the untagged tag. I've edited all the ones I could to get rid of that tag (and otherwise improve them). The ones that are left are closed (4 out of the 5) or a ...
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Request to rename [mac] → [macos], with synonym of [osx]

Let's take a look at the numbers of postings with various Mac-related tags: mac 559 macos 44 mactex 482 texshop 495 % a Mac-only front end latexian 13 % another Mac-only front end ...
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Make {parenthesis} a synonym of {parentheses}

Actually you might consider making them both aliases for brackets which covers much the same ground, for example this question only has the brackets tag and has parenthesis in the title Universal ...
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Proposal: rename mathematica tag to wolfram-mathematica

This should now be done: wolfram-mathematica set up. I've removed the old tag.
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Why do we have a minion and minionpro tag?

In my opinion they should not be synonyms but the minion tag should be removed and questions retagged to minionpro or fontspec. UPDATE: I have retagged all questions in minion and myriad (which I ...
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What is the point of the ducks tag in non meta tex

You are right, the ducks tag is quite pointless outside of Meta. Since ducks are sort of an inside joke on TeX.SX, I have retagged all the ducks questions (following the same reasoning as in A ...
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Should the mapping tag be burninated?

I suspect that there are many tags like that. I'm of two minds about these kinds of tags. Another way of thinking of them that is different from the 'grab bag' characterization, is that they are ...
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Preserve [overleaf] tag if the question concerns an error/unexpected output

As a general rule, in case of errors or unexpected output, we should err on the side of more information rather than less. This wouldn't be the first time an editor has caused a compilation error by ...
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Two [columns] meanings

The columns tag description says: {columns} is specifically about columns in {tables} (though often the latter tag will suffice). If your question is about {two-column} documents or the {multicol} ...
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Is it appropriate to add a tag that applies to the accepted answer rather than the question?

Occasionally there are answerers that put a tag at the start of an answer, as a visual way of saying "This answer uses such-and-such package or technique". Stack Exchange has markdown for ...
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package tag marginnote vs. command tag marginpar vs. feature of setting margin-notes

There are only around 500 questions altogether, 60 of which have both tags. If someone is asking about putting text in the margins an answer may quite possibly use marginnote even if the questioner ...
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Creating duplicates for easier navigation, and possibility for a duplicate tag

No, there's no need for creating a duplicate tag. People would most likely not search under the duplicate tag, since there is no guarantee that the "duplicates" are all they're after. Moreover, you ...
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Deleting the `f` tag

Since it's the only question using the f tag, removing it from that question (I've just submitted a suggested edit for that) will automatically delete the tag when the tag pruning script runs (once ...
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Should a tag of package-request be created?

I guess asking to create a package in a question would "need more focus", i.e., is too broad for the site. Converting an answer to a specific question into a generally applicable package is ...
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Organizing the tags {folders}, {directory} and {paths}

I can't see any way to distinguish folders and directory they should be synonyms it's telling that currently the first link in the directory list has "folder" in the title. The paths wiki page is ...
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Merge [mac] and [osx], making [mac] a synonym of [osx]

I've merged the tags here, leaving mac as the 'master' (as noted, MacOS X is being replaced by Apple by 'macOS').
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What is the point of the ducks tag in non meta tex

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 ...
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Tags are getting replaced after using them

This is not a bug, but a feature. As you mention, listoffigures and listoftables are both synonyms of table-of-contents, and each synonym is replaced by their target when posting. That explains the ...
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How do I get reputation?

In essence, you receive reputation by contributing to the main site. This is achieved by any one of the following: Ask a question that shows you've done some research, but still need help solving. ...
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Tag "Why?": Could a tag for questions asking for the reason be useful?

Good (which is rare enough) tags are useful to search for questions, and also sometimes to decide if a question has a topic that doesn't interest me at all. But they shouldn't be needed to ...
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Tag "Why?": Could a tag for questions asking for the reason be useful?

Regardless of the purpose and its usefulness, I believe the [why] tag is the textbook example of meta tags. The reason meta-tags are a problem is that they do not describe the content of the question....
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Ambiguous {curve} tag

There is not really a better way to deal with such tags/ suggestions than meta. (Martin) As result and summary of the comments: I renamed the tags of the 4 correct uses to curve-class according to ...
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