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treaty and treaties have now been merged and synonymised.


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I've actually been working on a proposal to reogranise the British tags. It's a somewhat complicated topic though, and sure to generate many conflicting opinions. The two main issues as I see them are: Britain is an ambiguous term that can mean Great Britain the island, or the United Kingdom, or the Kingdom of Great Britain. Great Britain is ambiguous term ...


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I take a different view here. I have just searched the caesar tag, and found questions relating both to Julius Caesar and to the title/other emperors. Personally, I would prefer julius-caesar to be person-specific, and caesar to be more general, covering the next c.400 years. "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's."


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So I basically see two questions here: Is it useful to have a separate tag for rulers with "Ceasar" in their name/title? I could see arguments on both sides of this. People used it that way 4 times (despite the tag wiki). Perhaps it might even be worthwhile to have something that somehow includes later titles derived from "Ceasar" (eg: Tsar, Keiser). ...


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It has been merged into europe. While you're right that it's probably not needed, I synonymised the two anyway.


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At a glance, it appears that nazi is slightly more often misused for questions relating to the general ideology than the specific regime of Nazi Germany. I have therefore merged it into nazism, and also synonymised the two, which should prevent future uses of the nazi tag.


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Seems sensible. If this is done, it seems like treaties would be the one to keep as the master, since it both has more questions on it and actually has a tag wiki. An aside on process: It looks like the intended process is supposed to be: Suggest a tag synonym in the tag interface Users of that tag approve it. The synonym seems to be working well - post a ...


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I don't consider myself an expert in what makes for a good tag. However, I think a tag should have enough call for its use to justify its existence. After checking neighboring tags, spain (the most recent 50 of about 130) and islamic-hispania, I only found one other question that would reasonably be better tagged reconquista, were such a tag to exist. Given ...


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Uffff. Where does Muscovy fall in this?.. Ideally, ... Oh, wait. Why does peter-i-russia exist? Why does saint-petersburg exist? Oh my... :) ... There are 319 questions under russia. This is quite a few... I propose a series of tags, much like in recent discussions for China and Japan: russia: Russia in general; only to be used with the soviet-union if the ...


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Having pondered this a few days, I think it should only be done for regions that have their own separate international cultural and/or historical heft (but only if they actually generate a tag's worth of questions). The most obvious calls would be regions that spent time as their own separate independent countries with interesting histories during that ...


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Good catch. I've remapped latin into latin-language and synonymised them.


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Since the text of the question literally says "Is this a WW2 ring?", it probably isn't completely unreasonable for it to keep the WWII tag. That being said, if it ever comes up again, I'd suggest just using "military" as the tag, rather than a specific war that the question itself openly speculates might not be the incorrect one. If you are going to be ...


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I support ming-dynasty and qing-dynasty. In Chinese, and their corresponding English Wikipedia articles, dynasties are overwhelmingly named with two characters, corresponding to two words in English. The second character never means "China"; the second character is either "dynasty", or is part of a two-character name of the dynasty. For example, Liao ...


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Technically, vexillology should be for questions on the study of flags (e.g. "When did vexillology become a recognised field of study?", while flags would be for the actual flags (e.g. "Why was red chosen in flag x?") Obviously, in practice everyone use both to ask about specific flags only. I have therefore merged the two flags without making them ...


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Good call, given that the two word version has been official since 1926, it probably makes more sense to use it as the official one over the archaic one word version. hongkong has been remapped into hong-kong and synonymised.


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My understanding is that tags are meant to group questions at a higher level (as meta-data) than can easily found with the site search. In this case a search for "Ulysses S Grant" readily returns a list of questions that relate to him directly. Therefore there seems to be little benefit in adding a tag directly for him (or any other named individual). If, ...


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I'm not against subnational regional tags as such, but to be honest, this particular one doesn't seem very necessary. (1) the number of applicable questions is very low: there's really just a couple. (2) you can basically get the same result just by searching for Schleswig and Holstein. (3) For most of history Shleswig and Holstein were separate duchies and ...


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Here's a question from Meta.Stackexchange, the network-wide meta site: Can we do anything against tag wikis copy-pasted from Wikipedia? and here is some similar discussion we've had over on SciFi.SE: https://scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4760/tag-wikis-from-wikipedia These post agree that Wikipedia-based tag wikis Violate Wikipedia's terms of ...


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There is a "history of ideas" tag, and I agree with T.E.D. that the "science" tag would be sufficient for those questions. I don't think that the science and history of ideas tag should be merged, because there could be questions about the history behind non-scientific ideas.


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I see that Wikipedia is doing the exact same transform this question is calling for. So if we did this, we'd at least be consistent with them (and not off on some wild hair of our own). With my user hat on, I'm still going to argue against it though, on the basis that they are traditionally quite distinct. Properly applied, eastern-roman-empire would ...


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Our Help Centre contains the article What are tags, and how should I use them?. It defines tags as: A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of connecting experts with questions they will be able to answer by sorting questions into specific, well-defined categories. My view (with the usual caveat - please ...


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The principle downside of tag edits, as well as minor edits in general, are that they bump posts to the top and reduce visibility for new questions or new answers. When done in bulk, it floods the front page, which is all around undesirable. That being the case, I would argue such edits are perfectly fine under these circumstances: It is a brand new ...


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This is and is not a counterpoint addition to semaphore's answer. I agree to that answer entirely, up to the last paragraph. The one starting with "Beyond" reads to me as perhaps a bit too much inspired by recent re-tag-edits and resulting controversies. I am unsure how much of this answer & commentary could be integrated into the existing answer, or ...


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I've gone and nuked the edits for the Chile and Tibet tags. (Although I did leave in the picture references for Chile) I had problems with them for almost exactly the reasons Avner listed, although I'm not sure I'd put it quite that mildly. Neither was doing much of the main job of a tag description, which is to help users decide when a question is on-...


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Of the 15 results that show up from searching Ulysses Grant, only five are questions. Of these, only three are actually about Grant - the other two are about the Battle of Tsushima and types of sieges. I do not think a tag is required in this case, and it definitely should not be just the surname.


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First off, I've removed the tag from the answer for now. I endorse (and upvoted, sempaiscuba's answer). I would like to address the tag itself though. I'd think 14 is plenty for a tag if people really want one. However, I don't think it should be simply "grant". It isn't even obvious that's for a person (suppose someone starts using it for questions about ...


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sumeria has been merged into sumer, and made synonyms to prevent future misuses. I want to commend you for making the right decision bringing this up on Meta instead of editing yourself. In general, users should not manually edit tags in bulk, as this will spam the frontpage. Instead, moderators has the ability to merge and synonymise tags silently, ...


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We should tag by common historical conventions. I believe standard periodisations would make the tagging system more intuitive to use. Given the relative lack of questions, I suggest not subdividing too finely. Moreover, we should make liberal use of synonyms to tie together the various names of each period. Thus: ancient-japan: ???-~600s, the Jōmon, ...


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I did a similar search, and came up with 45 hits on the History site for "Sri Lanka" Most of the hits were in answers. Answers of course don't have tags, and many of them were to questions also on the list, so they were effectively double (or more) hits for the same question. Even in the questions, the vast majority of the hits weren't really ...


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Background As I understand it, the function of tags is to allow questions about particular topics or events to be found quickly. As such, we should probably be careful of removing tags which help to find information. The numbers of questions may be relatively small now, but they will hopefully grow as the site grows. In this case, the problem is not a ...


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