What is the correct way of treating rare tags, say with a single occurence? I just figured out that tags without any occurrence are most likely synonyms (which is not obvious from the tag-overview page), but that's a different topic.

For some of the tags, it is obvious, that we should search all questions and add the tag (e.g. or ) to the question, since most probably, the tag did not exist yet when some questions have been asked.

But what about the other tags (like , , and many more, see screenshot) with a single occurrence? Should we discuss every single one of them?

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Don't worry about them too much. Tags which are only used once and have no tag wiki are automatically deleted after six months. There's a small risk the question may end up untagged but only if it has no other tags, which is usually not the case.

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    $\begingroup$ Aha! I wonder if that's what happened here How did my question become untagged? $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Feb 12, 2021 at 11:23
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh very likely. That happened 6.5 months after asking the question. I don't know for sure, and the Wayback Machine doesn't contain copies of the question from 2018. $\endgroup$
    – Glorfindel
    Feb 12, 2021 at 11:35
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    $\begingroup$ Oh, that seems too close to be a coincidence. Thanks, mystery solved! Feel free to post a speculative answer there for me to accept. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Feb 12, 2021 at 11:41

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