should be merged into .

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I performed the merge while indicating they were synonyms. I think that was the appropriate response. Thanks for raising this.

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Regardless of whether they get merged, and should be marked synonyms in the same way that already is. In fact, we could do with a good cleanup of tag synonyms:

  1. should be a synonym of
  2. should be a synonym of
  3. should be a synonym of

And many more. If you are able, please check out the tag-synonyms page and vote on proposed synonyms. Although honestly the limitations are kind of a pointless pain.

(My preference is for the shorter tags to be the main one due to the precedent of being the main tag for . Plus naming tags topic-history seems quite redundant when the site is explicitly about history. But this is quite a minor point.)

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    Why not just merge the "*-history" tags (and thus get rid of them)? They all start similarly enough that the tag autocomplete should fill in the right tag name after the first few characters. – T.E.D. Apr 2 '15 at 13:56
  • Merging is not mutually exclusive with setting up synonyms. By setting up synonyms, we can ensure future questions stay consolidated. Autocomplete is not a solution since they didn't stop these redundant tags forming, and it is in fact quite easy to type faster than autocomplete can make suggestions. I guess I just don't understand why you are so opposed. What possible downside could there possibly be? – Semaphore Apr 5 '15 at 18:39
  • I'm not sure that your examples are necessarily synonyms. Isn't it possible we could have cultural-history questions that are about the practice of cultural history and not solely about a culture? – ihtkwot Apr 8 '15 at 14:24
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    @ihtkwot Certainly, but as was the case for economics, nobody seem to be using it like that. To be honest, given the volume of questions, I would think questions on the study of cultural history should just be tagged with historiography. – Semaphore Apr 8 '15 at 14:27

Looking them over, it looks pretty clear that is the main tag. It has an actual tag description, way more entries (350ish compared to 17), and there's a tag to go with it.

However, there are a decent amount of questions under . So should it be a synonym, or just merged?

At the moment I'm feeling partial to making it a synonym (or rather doing both), as it would help taggers with searching.

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  • Is there a difference? – o0'. Mar 31 '15 at 15:51
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    @Lohoris - Yes. I found a decent discussion of it on the math meta stack – T.E.D. Mar 31 '15 at 18:37
  • Definitely merging, then. They are just the same exact thing, just phrased differently. – o0'. Mar 31 '15 at 18:39

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