The tag wiki excerprt for reads:

Selecting a field of study, preparing for exams or assignments, or pertaining to designing research studies

With other words, the creator of this excerpt wanted the tag to be applied to three different topics, which is the total opposite of what tags should be like and renders the tag very useless.

I thus request to burninate this tag. There are only 16 questions in this tag, which could all do with more specific tags.

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    +1 for burnination. But what are the replacements?
    – aeismail
    Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 11:43
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    @aeismail: The very problem of this tag is that it is too broad, so there is no ubiquitous replacement. Also, there are only three questions which have no other tag than study. If it helps, I can retag these questions myself (or perform the entire burnination manually). I do not know about the requirements of a burnination.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 11:52
  • How can we burninate without a Trogdor?
    – StrongBad
    Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 12:35
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    @StrongBad I believe that you should be in a good position to sketch the necessary dragon-man...
    – jakebeal
    Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 14:16
  • @aeismail research-studies is the only one from that list I'd feel appropriate. Preparing for exams or assignments might be more appropriate for workplace.SE, and you will be hard-pressed to find people who are experts on a tag known as field-of-study versus something as concrete as computer-science.
    – Compass
    Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 14:49
  • @Compass: Research studies are already covered by research, albeit this tag being heavily overused. That is unless you are talking about studies which investigate research itself, in which case I wouldn’t know a tag for it but also neither of the questions tagged study is about this, IIRC.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 15:05
  • @Wrzlprmft maybe a sub-tag called study-design then.
    – Compass
    Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 15:06
  • @Compass: What for? Skimming through the questions tagged study, I found only one question touching the topic of study design and this is not in dire need of a new tag. Also, all but the most general questions on study design (such as the linked one) would be off-topic here, as they relate to the individual field.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 15:11
  • What's the difference between study and education tags? Cannot study be synonym of education?
    – enthu
    Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 19:47
  • @EnthusiasticStudent: Not all the questions currently under study fit under education. (Also, education is horribly broad in my opinion.)
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Commented Apr 6, 2015 at 21:10

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I'd support burning this tag to the ground. Suggested replacements:

  • Some unholy hybrid of changing-fields, career-path etc. Just "selecting a field of study" is almost broad enough to be useless.
  • exams (which we already have) or if we really felt like we needed a new one, exam-prep?
  • study-design, which in my mind should also pretty much auto-flag a question as potentially needing to be shuffled to a subject-specific SE or CrossValidated.

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