I know removing it's not possible. But can it be blocked from being used?

Case in question (check the edit history): How to add style to a string of text throughout WordPress website?

Relevant meta: Can tags or synonyms be blocked from being used or blacklisted?

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    One idea I had was to merge plugin-recommendation, theme-recommendation and hosting-recommendation into a a deprecated tag shopping-question. Not sure about that.
    – fuxia Mod
    Mar 7, 2013 at 22:59
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    I missed the feature-request for this Q, but ain't sure of what can be done in-house... Hope other members jump in with their point of view.
    – brasofilo
    Mar 7, 2013 at 23:09
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    Well, as I'm somewhat new here, I haven't gotten into the full depths of (WP)SE so far, but why shouldn't it be possible to 'disable' a tag? It could either not be suggested to the user when filling out the tags field, or it could just not be applied (meaning, if a user entered/selected this certain tag, it will be deleted before posting the question)...? However, as a user with enough reputation is able to create new tags, I don't know if this whole thing will work. Anyway, I do understand that providing XYZ-recommendation tags while not wanting that sort of question is counterproductive.
    – tfrommen
    Mar 8, 2013 at 12:26
  • @tf Only SE employees can do that. But we need a visible consensus before we can ask for it. See also meta.wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/338/…
    – fuxia Mod
    Mar 8, 2013 at 17:20
  • I absolutely +100 the idea of merging them into shopping-question.
    – kaiser
    Mar 11, 2013 at 21:18
  • @toscho Could you move your comment to an answer, please?
    – kaiser
    Mar 12, 2013 at 12:15

2 Answers 2


We could merge , and into a deprecated tag shopping-recommendation, link-recommendation or something similar and add a good explanation to the tag wiki.


I think it was Facebook SE (could be confusing this though) that had it set to where you didn't include one of a few specific tags (fbql, facebook-graph, etc.) then it wouldn't allow you to post, instead putting an error message up at the top of the post creation page.

Could we do something similar, except the opposite? In other words, if some attempts to make a post with one of the *-recommendation tags, put up an error that states that the tags are not allowed and provides a brief explanation why.


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