We have these four tags with apparently the same purpose. That's confusing.

I think we should create tag synonyms. But what should be the master tag then?

I suggest "vocabulary". Do you agree?

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I don't think they all serve the same purpose. At least they shouldn't. Personally, I interpret these four tags as follows:

Of course, there are some gray areas between these definitions, not everyone will completely agree with them, and some won't know or care about the existence of all these tags to begin with. However, tag synonyms, in my book, are for tags that are completely interchangeable to everyone ( and , and , that kind of things). Right now, I don't see , , , and being used completely interchangeably.

  • RegDwight, you're right, the tags don't serve exactly the same purpose. They all relate to words and vocabulary, but they are used in different situations. It's just that personally I would prefer if all tags had a broader coverage: usage, etymology, vocabulary, etc. It would then be easier for people to select the tags they are interested in. This week, for instance, I wanted to follow the tags related to vocabulary only and next week I would then move to etymology. This is still possible to do with our current tags, it is just not as easy as it could be.
    – b.roth
    Commented Nov 17, 2010 at 13:29
  • Anyway, for now, this is not a big deal, as our volume of questions is still low enough to let us quickly scan them all.
    – b.roth
    Commented Nov 17, 2010 at 13:31
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    Perhaps a question should be tagged with, e.g., word-choice and vocabulary, to cover the broader idea along with the more specific word-choice tag? Too bad there is no tag hierarchy.
    – Kosmonaut
    Commented Nov 17, 2010 at 15:12
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    I'm not even sure how tags are useful on this site. It's not like I wake up one day and decide I'm only going to deal with questions about adjectives, or word-choices, or something.
    – Marthaª
    Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 17:26
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    @Martha: some people like grammar questions, others, perhaps vocabulary questions. in any case the site is small enough for now that you can read all new questions easily, but once it grows that might not be the case
    – Claudiu
    Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 20:17

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