This tag has been burninated. Please do not recreate it. If you need advice on which tag to use, see the answer below. If you see this tag reappearing, it may need to be blacklisted.

The tag currently has this tag wiki excerpt:

Materials used to aid in the process of language learning, whether they be in print, online, or in person.

This seems fine until you realize that we have a tag and an tag, which completely cover the scope of the tag.

The tag's wiki excerpt is:

Physical resources such as dictionaries, text books, audio recordings, flash cards, etc, as opposed to online or electronic resources.

The tag's wiki excerpt is:

Language learning materials that are primarily hosted online or in an sort of electronic medium; examples include audiobooks, movies, and songs.

Can we delete the tag?

  • All questions with the resources tag have been retagged and the description now has a warning and advises users to use the other tags.
    – Tsundoku Mod
    Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 14:03

3 Answers 3


is too broad especially given two tags that are much more narrow in scope that also deal with resources all together.

With and in play, this tag is now obsolete. If one has a narrow question, the OP should be able to narrow down to one of those tags. So, let's use our resources (sorry for the pun) to burninate . If necessary, the OP could use both.

These are two examples questions that could be tagged with but are currently tagged with :

  • " If necessary, the OP could use both." - if we go down that path, it may be worth incorporating that into the tag wiki.
    – Golden Cuy
    Commented Jan 7, 2018 at 2:13

There are cases when learners will be looking for any resources, regardless whether they are physical or electronic. If we keep the tag , this single tag will then be sufficient, instead of tagging the question with both and . So this would be an argument to keep the tag .

  • In that case, they should use both tags.
    – fi12
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 15:57
  • @fi12 That needs to be added to Anthony Pham's response.
    – Tsundoku Mod
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 16:24
  • @ChristopheStrobbe I already have in the last sentence of the second paragraph: "If necessary, the OP could use both." Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 20:48

All questions with the tag have been retagged to use , or both. In addition, the tag wiki excerpts now reads as follows:

DO NOT USE THIS TAG. Instead, use [physical-resources], [electronic-resources] or, if necessary, both.

(Old description: Materials used to aid in the process of language learning, whether they be in print, online, or in person.)

There a several options to progress with it:

  • [burninating the tag)(What does it mean to "burninate" a tag?): strictly speaking, since the tag is not used by any questions, we should not need to do anything (accept retagging questions now and then).
  • blacklisting the tag: this makes sure that the tag can never be re-created again. This requires that we put a question on our meta site, since only Stack Exchange employees can blacklist a tag.

Note: Why do we burninate instead of blacklisting? points out that

blacklisting was not designed as an integral part of the tag system. It's an add-on, intended for rare problems that cannot be handled any other way.

For this reason, I would suggest that we don't create a blacklist request, unless we get serious problems in the future.

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