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You are right: it seems to spread like the plague. I agree that reaction is pointless and I think that it should be removed and blacklisted till the end of days.* At least ;-) (*Editorial remark: If you agree with the proposal please upvote this answer.) Currently, there are 93 questions with reaction and reaction-mechanism. Here, reaction can be removed ...


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Based on uniformly positive early feedback, I went ahead and retagged all of the relevant questions, editing further where warranted.


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FAQ – Table of Contents If you have a question that's not answered here, please inquire in the Spring Cleaning chat.   Philosophy Why go to the trouble of editing every question tagged with doomed-tag, if it's going to be burninated anyways? Do I need to wait for a chat event to work on Spring Cleaning? Procedures How do I get started? How does the ...


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Firstly: Not all of them have to be deleted. As far as possible we should aim to salvage questions. However, for those that are truly useless, I support the semi-radical approach: delete, after a thorough review, salvaging all information in the comments section, might include discussion in dedicated chat room As I mentioned in an earlier comment I'm ...


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How does the cleanup process work? The following procedure is subject to change, depending on how well it actually works in practice. In theory, a Spring Cleaning event will have in attendance: A moderator (for handling unusual circumstances) A coordinator, preferably a Spring Cleaning chatroom owner (could be the same person as the moderator) Some number ...


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Do I need to wait for a chat event to work on Spring Cleaning? Yes and no. One of the main purposes for scheduling specific chat events is to avoid flooding the front page of the site with old questions for long stretches of time. Since we're a relatively small site and the pace of the front page activity is modest, a lot of users see new questions by ...


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Why go to the trouble of editing every question tagged with doomed-tag, if it's going to be burninated anyways? Well, for some tags, question-by-question editing/retagging indeed may not be all that valuable. As long as we manually take care of any questions tagged only with doomed-tag, if we can be fairly confident that the vast majority of the remaining ...


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How do I get started? First of all, thanks for your interest in helping out! There are a couple of administrative things you need to do first in order to be ready to participate. If you don't have a GitHub account, go and create one (it's free). Go to the Spring Cleaning chat room and say hello. Ping one of the Spring Cleaning room owners with your GitHub ...


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How can I quickly find questions that have a given co-tag? Go to the SEDE query here. Type in the name of the main tag being cleaned up into the Tag for co-tag frequency search box (e.g., for this initial reaction cleanup, type reaction). Click Run Query. Do a search of the webpage for the co-tag of interest (Ctrl+F on most browsers). Click the matching ...


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What is a "co-tag"? As used here, a 'co-tag' of a given tag of interest on a particular question is simply another tag that is also applied on that same question. For example, consider this meta question itself. As of this writing, it has four tags applied: discussion, tags, chat-event, and site-cleanup. For this question, each of these tags ...


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What are we doing about new questions tagged with doomed-tag? The Spring Cleaning room owners will establish feeds that will cause notices to be posted to the room whenever any new questions are posted with doomed-tag applied. Such questions should be promptly edited, at minimum, to remove doomed-tag and re-tag as appropriate. Application of further edits, ...


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What actions should I take when cleaning up a post? In general, you should deal with posts essentially the same way you would outside the context of a Spring Cleaning event. First and foremost: Upvote or downvote as appropriate! Beyond that, the needed actions will depend on the condition the post is in, and whether it fits the guidelines for what are and ...


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Won't questions with more than two tags get over-counted in the co-tag search? Yep. But, it doesn't really matter. If the SEDE query that generates a list of co-tags is used to find co-tags for, say, homework, a question tagged with homeworkorganic-chemistrynomenclaturehydrocarbons will show up in the co-tag count for all of the three other tags. But, the ...


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What is a 'question ID', how do I find it, and how can I use it? Every question on any Stack Exchange network sub-site is assigned an ID number that is unique on that sub-site. The ID number for any question can be found in the URL of the question link. At this writing, question URLs have the form: https://{SE subsite}.com/questions/{question ID}/{...


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Wait, so if SEDE only updates once a week, aren't these lists of questions/co-tags outdated? Yes, they are. However, for the purposes of organizing a Spring Cleaning event, they will be accurate enough to enable the event team to reach, say, $98\%+$ of the relevant questions. Any posts that slip through the cracks can be located for final cleanup by a ...


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What is "SEDE"? SEDE is an acronym for the Stack Exchange Data Explorer, a modified-SQL interface to an archived version of the databases underlying the Stack Exchange site network. The data in SEDE is usually updated weekly, on Sundays around noon UTC. Back to table of contents


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