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Tag solution by voting (tag merge, rename or remove): [terminology] vs. [vocabulary] vs. [technical]

I believe there is ambiguity (and confusion) regarding the meaning and the usage of these tags; and a considerable overlap as well: terminology, vocabulary, technical. Current tag infos: terminology ...
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Tag merge request: [expressions] tag into [phrases] tag

Previously, expression-requests tag was merged into phrase-requests tag. Pertaining Meta post: What are [expression-requests] tag for? In that respect, expressions tag should be merged into phrases ...
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Canonical post tag?

I am pretty sure this site does not have this tag. Why though? ELL has this tag, in which a person can post a canonical post intended as a reference for questioners.
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Is there a tag that can be used for questions about letters/characters?

I'm looking for a tag that can be applied to questions about letters/characters (such as How did the names of the letters in the English language come about, or Why do capital I's and small l's look ...
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What is the difference between the "history" and "historical-change" tags?

How does one decide which tag to use: History: Questions about the history and trends of the English language Historical Change: For questions about how the English language has changed over time. ...
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Single-word-request rule clarification needed

My question Alternative to trumped was recently closed for being opinion-based. However, the tag single-word-requests has 300+ pages of questions similar to mine. Why is there the tag single-word-...
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Proposed tag: unword or deanthropomorphize

A common theme on English Stack Exchange is someone who has a certain well-known word in their vocabulary, who understands this word may have undesired negative undertones for certain groups of people,...
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The appropriateness of having an 'Italian' tag (no slight intended: I've just become aware of this particular flag)

Isn't having a tag such as italian inviting questions requiring at least some knowledge of Italian? Isn't 'loan-words' sufficient? Aren't cross-language questions more appropriate on Linguistics?
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Should we change the default suggested tags?

The "Ask Question" form currently suggests tags in the placeholder text: grammar, word-choice, etymology. I would guess that these are the most common tags used. However, are they the most ...
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What tag should be used when a question is completely off topic?

This is in reference to Which is the Best Engineering College in Bangalore? It was deleted, but here is the text for anybody who can't view it: i recently completed my 12th class i wanted to do ...
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Difference between [look-alikes] and [confusables]

I do not think a meaningful distinction can be drawn between the tags look-alikes and confusables. There is no category charter for the first; the second defines confusable as words and phrases which ...
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Proposal to rename 'sociolinguistic' tag to 'sociolinguistics'

sociolinguistic should be renamed to sociolinguistics, to be consistent with general styling of the word and the related tags linguistics and psycholinguistics. A similar request to rename homophone ...
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What is meant by the tag "reference"?

The reference tag has no description yet. Is it intended to be used for a question that asks for a reference where one might learn more about a certain topic, or document one's intuitive ...
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List request tag review

I propose we kill the tag list-request since it is not a good fit for the ELU scope. These questions tend to be too broad or primarily opinion based. This meta was prompted by this recent question on ...
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Is this a translation question?

This question about the phrase no stinkin' way has the translation tag. Here is the tag description for translation: Determining English equivalents for words or phrases in other languages (that ...
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Merge tags [difference-in-meaning] and [differences]

A recent tag (about 1.5 months ago) was added under the name difference-in-meaning and is now used by 5 questions, but I believe it is a duplicate of the tag differences, used by 3,513 questions. ...
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Fix [correlative-comparitives]

The tag correlative-comparitives should be changed to correlative-comparatives because the former isn't properly spelled. I was going to do it myself, but then I realized there's a tag synonym that ...
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Can tags be removed?

I was looking through the new tags and spotted "very" and "snowclone". This made me wonder how tags are deleted, since I couldn't find a button anywhere. Does one have to go to each question the tag ...
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Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

As everyone probably knows, very few people actually follow the main rule of single-word-requests: YOU MUST INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE Thus we have many low-quality questions, many of which get ...
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Is there a reason the “single-word-requests” tag have the highest number of questions in EL&U?

What is the reason behind the highest number of single-word-requests questions (users questioning) in English Language & Usage Stack Exchange (EL&U)? I wonder that the following tags haven't ...
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When should I use "convention tag" in EL&U?

I searched the convention tag, but the top google search result says, "the convention tag has no usage guidance." I have no idea which sense does this tag relate to. When should I use this tag?
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Is this a valid question under computer tag?

Is this a valid question under computer tag? Is there a word for each component of a Time. There is no description or guidelines for computer tag. So, how to use this tag, if there is no ...
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What is the meaning of the "functions" tag?

A recent question asked about determining the "function" of a sentence, which to me isn't a concrete language construct the way that question implies. Seeking more information, I looked into the ...
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What's going on with the "coordinating-conjunctions" and "coordination" tags?

I recently asked a question which I tagged with coordinating-conjunctions. When I posted the question, it was automatically changed to coordination. I subsequently made an edit, but it was ...
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Should 'word-substitution' be made a synonym of 'SWR's?

I think word-substitution is redundant since we already have single-word-requests, and phrase-requests, if necessary. The 60 or so tagged questions do not disagree with me by much. Its current info ...
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Can EL&U's site analytics tools be refined to handle queries that include tag-based criteria?

Back on August 26, 2012, in response to the question Why are there so many meta questions about how so many main questions are being downvoted or closed?, Shog9 provided this graph of changes in the ...
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Should we get rid of the "learning" meta-tag?

For a long time, "meta-tags" have been discouraged on Stack Exchange. Today I ran into the tag learning, which I think is one of these not-useful tags. Questions about "learning" don't seem to be ...
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Is this question really a SWR?

This one: 1920's terms for parents/children It doesnt strike me as a single word request, and since it's a new user, they probably haven't figured it out yet. To me, SWR means questions like '...
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Is there a need of the "the-that" tag?

There are 11 questions using the-that, without tag wiki, including the following ones: When to use "That" instead of "The"? When can one omit "that" from a sentence? ...
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Quantifiers? Premodifiers? What's the best general tag for questions about "X of Y" constructions?

I feel like we don't need to have both premodifiers and quantifiers tags, because I don't understand what the difference is supposed to be, and I doubt everyone else does either. Neither has a tag ...
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Seeking [answers] about these tags on meta

As well as answers, there's answering-advice, appropriate-answers, accepted-answer, unanswered-questions, and answer-howto. I understand what an accepted answer is, and also what an unanswered ...
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Information about info pages!

Have the info pages been introduced recently? (or have I failed to see them so far?).
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What's a good name for a tag about expressions like "fish and chips" and "red, white and blue"?

Since this question was posted today (Is there any rule which dictates the ordering of non-proper, non-pronoun nouns in a list?) and I thought I remembered seeing a number of older questions with ...
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Is it okay to request a status completed tag?

I sometimes custom flag questions, asking a moderator to mark it status completed, because I believe the question served it's purpose, and most moderators mark my flag helpful, and actually add the ...
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Plurality of [part-of-speech] tag

OK, firstly I apologise for being a bit pedantic. But I am wondering whether there is a particular reason why part-of-speech is not plural (i.e. parts-of-speech). I only bring this up because it would ...
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“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”

The above is a famous riddle from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, [ref1], [ref2], [ref3], [ref4-∞], … But seriously, How is writing unlike writing-style? I recently ...
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{Disambiguities} needs disambiguating

This is a discussion around the tag disambiguities. You can have an ambiguity. You can remove it by disambiguation. But "disambiguity" isn't a word. source There is a tag for ambiguity, should this ...
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Should we burninate the [subjective] tag?

While doing some reviews, I was made aware of the existence of the subjective tag. Given that we are a Q&A site which focuses explicitly on answering questions as objectively as possible and ...
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Remove the [multiple-choice] tag, shall we?

I happened to review an edit suggestion for the [multiple-choice] tag wiki excerpt. I chose to "reject", adding custom comment "unnecessary tag". Coincidentally, another senior user had also done the ...
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Merge [history] and [historical-change] tags

There are several tags that are associated with the background of a word: [etymology] [origin-unknown] [phrase-origin] [history] [historical-change] But for historical-change, both the definition ...
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Migrating word requests within a field with an existing tag

In this post, a user suggested that the question should be migrated because of the lack of expertise in this forum in the area that the OP was requesting a term for. However, the user tagged the ...
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How do we deal with more than 130 empty tag wikis?

So many of our tag wikis are small or non-existent that we really ought to do something about it. Bet-Hedging In my data query here, I show that there are 168 tags that have no wiki and 26 that ...
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What do we consider "consensus" for burnination?

Bit of a meta meta question. We've been having a conflab about burninating the correction. My position was that fourteen votes (at the time the conversation started) wasn't enough to know that ...
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Should the tags 'saying' and 'proverbs' be merged?

I noticed that these tags are very similar and effectively have the same meaning. I searched in two search engines define proverb and define saying, here are the results: Yahoo a short pithy ...
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Let's get rid of the "correction" tag

Is there any value in the tag correction? Currently 87 questions are infected with that hideous tag. Since unspecified proofreading is off-topic I don't think this should be used as tag anywhere. We ...
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Should questions marked 'transatlantic-differences' include the AmE and BrE tags?

I was recently re-tagging a question clearly about transatlantic-differences which had previously been tagged american-english and british-english. I decided to remove the two English tags in ...
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What separates 'conversation' questions from 'dialogue'?

I have just edited the tag wiki for dialogue and have found in the 'related tags' section the tag conversation. dialogue is about Questions about conversations between two or more people as a ...
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Sorting out our tag wikis

Recently, I have been going through the tag wikis of some of the less used tags, adding in definitions and basic information regarding the tag. Unfortunately, after about page seven of the tags, the ...
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Our Tag Hypernyms

We have several tags that are hypernyms to other tags. Probably the most prominent are punctuation, tenses, prepositions and terminology all in our top 30 of tags. I want to question the current ...
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Shouldn't some questions be region dependent?

I have done a question and the answers where many and highly region dependent, there was different perspectives from countries such as India, USA, UK, Australia on how to say something in English. ...