tag doesn't have user guidance. Lacking user guidance, it can be (mis) used for anything related to power without checking for suitable tags available, as is the case

Going through 52 questions in the tag and appropriately adding tags, I found the questions , mostly related to , , , . As such there is no value in duplicating under and the fact that no user guidance has been approved since inception adds to the argument that it is redundant

I discussed this with mods in chat and seek consensus for:

  • Burnitating tag

  • Making "power" a synonym for so that it is not recreated in future

Edit: If you have reasons to retain the tag, please present them

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    Thanks to all burners for their combined powers :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 9:04

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I'm one of the mods beeshyams discussed this in chat, and I've also checked some of the questions using this tag. My results where exactly the same, as was my conclusion:

All in favor of this, raise your … ahm … mouse-pointers and upvote this answer – as I also agree with beeshyams we should have some consensus here :)

  • Thanks for your support and should have credited and acknowledged your suggestion in question.I have already added relevant tags to the questions (where required) , without deleting power tag.Of course, this can be reviewed. That leaves us with next two steps once we get ayes
    – beeshyams
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 12:53
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    I did not want to assume consensus and delete power tag. I suppose mods have means of deleting the tag in one shot, whereas manual deletion would pop up 52 questions in active questions, merely due to tag deletion
    – beeshyams
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 13:01
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    That's exactly why I didn't go straight for it. Thanks for your preparations! AFAIK at least a mod can go straight to convert a tag into a synonym, but that would leave the "original tag" on the question (just new uses would directly be replaced with the target). Not really applicable in our case here, as not all power tags mean power-on (or are even related to it); so we'll have to do it manually anyway.
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 13:30

I agree that is a bit uninformative. I'm not yet convinced that making it a synonym for is the right thing in the long term. While a lot of existing uses of are about startup, there are a lot more about the power button. If those questions start being tagged with , then that tag will become as useless as is now. Maybe we need a new tag.

  • Regarding power-button tag proposed, we have power-options tag ( with usage guidance) and buttons tag ( without usage guidance ). Maybe modifying the former or creating a guidance for the latter to meet needs of proposed tag could be an option. I may be in a minority, but feel we should make existing tags more inclusive, rather than create, given the fact people (especially new users) don't seem to read tag description (my assumption) before appending them and go by tag name or what comes up, like typing battery brings up battery-life, so add that if it fits
    – beeshyams
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 8:07
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    @beeshyams power-options isn't fitting here. But after a quick glance I agree on "buttons" (which is even used in a matching case), as it deals with all kind of hardware buttons (from volume rockers to headset buttons). It could use an excerpt and tag-wiki though (hint: easy place for +4 rep :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 20:58
  • @izzy As suggested buttons tag description has been created to accomodate proposed power-button tag and stands approved. Tagging relevant questions with buttons tag can be done when "go-ahead" is given (to avoid multiple bumps into active questions)
    – beeshyams
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 5:23
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    Which brings another set of tags into the game: we also have tags for home-button (x 31) and media-button (x 5). Should they be integrated with the buttons tag then as well, or left stand-alone?
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 5:38
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    @beeshyams we have the tag-cleanup tag here at meta, which can be used with questions like "calling for a general tag-cleanup" :) (I've linked it here, so you can take a look at "past tag-wars" and how they were organized)
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 11:23
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    @izzy thanks. I didn't know that and a quick look shows most of them originated by you :). So,it appears from a cursory look that tackling them on a case by case basis is the precedent. Going by that , let's get the present one closed and arrive at actionables in terms of a) main question b) merging the tags pointed out by you with "buttons" tag. +1 for "tag wars" :)
    – beeshyams
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 11:44
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    @beeshyams may I suggest opening a new Met-Q using the tag-cleanup tag and summing things up there? Not a good idea to do all that in comments :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 9:17
  • @DanHulme If I read your answer correctly, you basically agree with all parts of my answer except for the synonym power->power-on, am I reading that correctly? buttons wouldn't be the right target either IMHO, and not synonymizing at all will simply result in the power tag reappearing sooner or later. So may I suggest going the full approach as outlined by beeshyams and me, and decide about re-routing the power synonym another time / with another Meta-Q? I (and if I'm not wrong many others) would oppose a new power-button tag; see above discussion.
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 9:25
  • Maybe instead create a synonym power-button->buttons (as proposed for home-button and media-button above)?
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 9:28

tag has been burninated!

Some analysis:

  1. The tag was usually used in conjunction with:
  2. Given many different meanings, it's too ambiguous, don't synonymize to any tag. When someone create the tag in the future, just remove and replace it with available tags.
  3. Creating should be a reasonable choice, given that there are not too many physical/hardware on Android device, while it can also help categorizing the question in better scope.

    Possible search query to help retagging: power button is:q -[power-button] (sorted by score, exclude questions already tagged with it). If you want to participate in retagging, please ensure that the question is really asking about power button issue.

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