They're the same thing people! At least in the sense that we use it (seeing that we have a tag), they are used the same way.

Can we merge it all into one big tag? Or maybe into the tag?

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    It seems that some [languages] questions are about [spoken-languages], for example: programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/113936/…, and they should be retagged as [spoken-languages] before we merge the tag with [programming-languages]. – yannis Jun 3 '12 at 2:34
  • @YannisRizos I didn't notice that. I'll go through them now. – Dynamic Jun 3 '12 at 2:36
  • @YannisRizos I'll finish going through them later. Don't want to spam the front page. – Dynamic Jun 3 '12 at 2:40
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    Prior art: Tag Merge Discussion: languages, programming-languages, notably Jeff's answer. Also see Let's nuke the catch-all tags: programming-languages is a crap tag that isn't used correctly at all. – user8 Jun 3 '12 at 21:55
  • @MarkTrapp So you are saying that [programming-languages] itself should just be nuked? – Dynamic Jun 3 '12 at 21:59
  • @Dynamic Indeed. – user8 Jun 3 '12 at 21:59
  • @MarkTrapp But the [languages] tag shouldn't? – Dynamic Jun 3 '12 at 22:00
  • @Dynamic Given it's used exactly the same as programming-languages, I don't see why it should exist either. If, after almost 2 years, it hasn't been used in a way that conveys semantic information, no sense in keeping it around based on some theoretical value. – user8 Jun 3 '12 at 22:02
  • @MarkTrapp So I guess this post was pointless. It would involve another cleanup to get rid of a tag that big... – Dynamic Jun 3 '12 at 22:04
  • @MarkTrapp A cleanup of that size would be bigger than the [career] cleanup. – Dynamic Jun 3 '12 at 22:08
  • @Dynamic career and programming-languages do not share the same problems: career needed to be split up and disambiguated because—while it was a bad tag—it contained some semantic information that would be lost if we just removed it completely. programming-languages, on the other hand, tells us nothing about the nature of the question: every question here could be tagged with it. It can just be completely removed: we did it with best-practices and it took SE about 5 minutes to do. – user8 Jun 3 '12 at 22:13
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    The only major difficulty—assuming there's consensus to blast the tag—will be that, because programming-languages has been synonymous with "I don't want to think about tagging", there's probably going to be a large number of untagged questions once it's nuked. But that's a much easier problem to deal with than having to do a stci event like we did with career. – user8 Jun 3 '12 at 22:18
  • @YannisRizos All finished retagging :-) – Dynamic Jun 3 '12 at 23:57

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