Both howto and how-to tags refer to the same thing and thus should be merged.

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That tag should be removed completely. It's pointless and doesn't serve to categorise the content in any meaningful way.

It's a given that if you're asking a question on how to do something that you want to know how to do something.

Adding that tag doesn't help since it's more a stop word bloating out the tag list.

how to be a zero
The tags are now at zero count. When the daily "kill tags that aren't being used on any question" script is run and they're toasted, the only way for it to come back is if a user with a reputation of at least 300 knowingly puts it into a question.

  • is 100% correct -- please see the SO blog post The Death of Meta Tags for explanation/rationale
    – HedgeMage
    Jul 9, 2011 at 17:23
  • @Eight: The tag might also re-appear if it's on a migrated question.
    – ale
    Jul 14, 2011 at 13:22
  • Migrated questions with tags that don't appear at the destination site will be stripped from the question. @ale Jul 14, 2011 at 13:32
  • You sure? We killed the "android" tag multiple times at android.se and migrated questions resurrected it until we finally got the blacklist straightened out. I'll be glad to be proven wrong, though.
    – ale
    Jul 14, 2011 at 14:14
  • Absolutely not sure on automatic stripping of dead tags to destination site. @ale Jul 14, 2011 at 14:50

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