I just learned that we have a tag , used on 17 questions, as well as the tag which is used on 138 questions.

Is it really necessary to have two separate tags, one for the weapon and one for combat using it?

Should these two tags be synonymised and/or merged?

Note that if the answer is yes, this can be achieved in a few clicks without making any edits to questions.


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Yes. The two are clearly synonyms of each other, with one of a far higher value than the other.

I'm torn. On a personal level, simply burninating seems the more sensible option, but one that will flood the front page with more than a dozen semi-worthless edits. On the other hand, turning it into a synonym leaves the worthless tag intact.

I vote to synonymise it. I vote for a moderator to merge the two tags. It does less damage.

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    "turning it into a synonym leaves the worthless tag intact" - not necessarily. Mods can merge the two tags without creating a synonym, thus automatically retagging every lightsaber-combat question as lightsaber without bumping any questions.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Sep 14, 2016 at 15:32
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    @Randal'Thor - Fair enough. Do that then.
    – Valorum
    Sep 14, 2016 at 15:43
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    In light of the overwhelming support in favour of merging the tags (+9/-0 on your answer at the time of this comment), I've gone ahead and done it. status-completed
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Sep 15, 2016 at 16:18

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