header idiom is used by many languages. But they don't mean the same thing , like the confusion between the web page header (visual) & the compiled languages headers.

In SO:

This tag is deprecated because it lacks discriminating power. Please use a more specific tag instead, e.g.: html-heading, email-header etc.

Here in AU, it contains around 54 tagged question. All the ones I have checked were targeting C/C++ Headers.

Could we rename the tag to or , some thing more specific?

I failed to write a usage guide (excerpt) for such generic tag header.

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    More to the point: why do we need a header tag at all? Questions just discussing headers and their usage and features should be on Stack Overflow. Questions about missing headers should probably be tagged programming or development or something like that (unsure which of those exist).
    – muru
    Nov 22, 2015 at 12:40
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    yes, that's a nice point. I agree they are c/c++ & compilation, plus their specific topic like dbus, ncurses ....
    – user.dz
    Nov 22, 2015 at 12:45
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    I presume someone was trying to write at some point [linux][kernel][header]... which gives us our recipe (and why I want the privileges raised).
    – Braiam
    Nov 22, 2015 at 22:11
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    @Braiam, Raising the bar, that's resonable, 300 is too low. I thought of 1000. Also I looked to SO, it's set to 1500.
    – user.dz
    Nov 22, 2015 at 22:36

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I think we should nuke the header tag itself. I went through a dozen or so of questions tagged , and saw:

So, in all, 4 questions in 12 fit the generic usage of "header" in the C/C++ sense, two others were covered more strongly by .

I propose that if the question is about missing headers while compiling, just tag with (additionally with for installing from source or , for kernel modules).

There's also the equally pointless, but far more used, tag. And since headers in the C/C++ sense are usually from libraries, perhaps we can synonymize them?

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