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This being a site about English language, we should be well-equipped to decide about something like this, eh? :)

Should we prefer singular or plural in tags, in cases where both would make sense?

For example:

As of September 5th, 2010, the usage is mixed (unsurprisingly).

On the more popular SE sites this is a well-known issue.

Edit: Obviously certain tags (e.g. , , , , , , etc.) should be in singular in any case, as plural just wouldn't make much sense—this question is not about such tags.

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    Shall we set a threshold of, say, ten votes in favour of one or the other and then take action when the votes pass that threshold? – delete Sep 5 '10 at 1:51
  • @Shinto: Yeah, 10 sounds good. I hope by that time we have moderators of our own. – Jonik Sep 5 '10 at 12:19
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    I just wanted to register my opinion of “I don’t give a damn, but please feel free to hash this out” – nohat Sep 5 '10 at 17:06
  • If you don't care about it then you can either upvote both answers (to get it over with as soon as possible) or downvote both answers (to give more people a chance to vote) or not vote on either. – delete Sep 5 '10 at 18:16
  • @Shinto, @nohat: We don't seem to be getting many more votes (either way)... How about just declaring plural the winner, and starting to do some batch retagging accordingly? – Jonik Sep 11 '10 at 0:54
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Plural

(verbs, nouns, synonyms)

Putting plural here as an answer for people to vote on.

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    It seems more natural for me using the plural, on the tags used as example. Wikipedia category names usually use the plural (programming languages, programming languages created in 1990, Gabonese composers, Oakland Athletics seasons, etc). In some cases, it makes more sense to use the singular: syntax versus syntaxes, style versus styles, etc. – kiamlaluno Sep 4 '10 at 15:37
  • If this is decided, someone who has the rep should merge the indefinite-article tag into indefinite-articles (both are currently in use) – keithjgrant Sep 22 '10 at 23:40
  • @keithjgrant: "definite article" and "indefinite article" seem like special cases to me. English only has one of each (unless you count "some" as an article, which I don't think most do) so the singular makes more sense to me. – sumelic Aug 4 '15 at 5:38
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Singular

(verb, noun, synonym)

I prefer the singular, and support retagging to make things consistent.

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    I support singular, because its an obvious problem with two equally good solutions, and this was the first one. – Vincent McNabb Aug 13 '10 at 5:51
  • Right; since there's some support and no opposing views (personally I might have chosen plural but don't really care either way), I'll mark this as accepted (for now at least), and start retagging accordingly. – Jonik Aug 18 '10 at 22:45
  • Removed the accepted status of this for now, as plural seems to have gained support. (Though maybe it's just because the large font in the other answer better attracts upvoters... :) – Jonik Aug 26 '10 at 14:41

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