The tag has 20 questions and no tag wiki or excerpt, and (as far as I can see) except for How did Pocahontas die?, all questions are about India's (former) inhabitants or languages, for which we already have the much more popular tag (345 questions).

If we want a separate tag to distinguish questions about the various Indian languages, I think would be clearer, cf. and .

Any thoughts or objections?

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    One thought: excellent discovery, analysis, rationale, solution, my endorsement.With perhaps one tiny improvement request: "India" had and has many languages? (Tiny, as if one reads the tag as "an Indian language" we might be conetnt with that or refine further (linguistics)? Jan 30, 2022 at 17:43
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    @LаngLаngС excellent point, thanks!
    – Glorfindel
    Jan 30, 2022 at 17:51
  • Yeah, I think you're right. Probably the right thing to do would be either to merge "indian" into "india", or retag them all. I don't think "Indian" will be particularly useful as a synonym going forward, but a merge would avoid bumping all 20 questions.
    – T.E.D. Mod
    Jan 31, 2022 at 20:21
  • ...However, I went ahead and retagged the one about Pocahantas, since there's no way to avoid having to do that one.
    – T.E.D. Mod
    Jan 31, 2022 at 20:28
  • @T.E.D. the merge is mainly to prevent users from recreating the tag.
    – Glorfindel
    Jan 31, 2022 at 20:36
  • I'm not super worried about that. I think it was created by the Pocahontas author almost 10 years ago, and the only reason any of the others used it was because it existed. If it were to cease to exist, someone typing it in would get an auto-complete for "india", and I'd (naively?) think almost certainly would be satisfied with that.
    – T.E.D. Mod
    Jan 31, 2022 at 21:13
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    I suppose an argument could be made for leaving it as a synonym for native-americans (since that's what it got created for), but I'm not sure I like that idea.
    – T.E.D. Mod
    Jan 31, 2022 at 21:40

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I just reviewed the 23 current questions under the tag, and all of them are either suitable for retagging with or .

A tag which is so ambiguous as to apply equally to two unrelated cultures, nations, or groups in two separate parts of the world is, according to definitions, an unacceptable tag.

What I propose is to burninate and retag appropriately to or as applicable.

I agree with T.E.D. that keeping the tag, even as a synonym, is problematic. The term is inherently ambiguous and is likely to lead to misuse.

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    Maybe also blacklist indian ? I think there's a high chance of someone re-creating it. A synonym of american-indian to native-american would also guide askers to the correct tag.
    – Spencer
    Jul 12, 2023 at 15:45

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