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It seems that there's very little point to have a specific tag for "starships" - The only meaningful distinction would be if the former explicitly applied to inter-star travel and the latter to space travel within one system as contrast, but that isn't supported by either exact English connotations, nor the set of 16 questions for spaceship.

I proposed to change to be a synonym of .

While at it, should also be changed thusly, but it doesn't yet exist and you can't propose a synonym based on non-existing tag.

If you agree, and have >=5 upvotes in , please feel free to up-vote the synonym suggestion here: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/tags/spaceship/synonyms

If approved, I will take care of minor re-tagging if it will be necessary.

  • You don't need to make a separate meta post for each synonym when there's little controversy! Just say: “any objections to synonymizing foobar and wibblewobble?”
    – user56
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 21:08
  • @Gilles - sorry for spam :( This is the way I thought the process should be based on reading the rules on synonym creation page (e.g. "Users with a total answer score of 5 or more on the tag, can vote for tag synonyms. Suggestions will be automatically approved when they reach a score of 4"). My assumption was that META post was the correct way to inform the people that they have a new tag synonym to approve/reject. If that's incorrect, please post a little blurb as an answer as far as proper procedure. Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 21:10
  • That's the proper procedure for controversial cases. It's not needed for clear-cut cases. What I usually do (here or on other sites) is to get a couple of regulars' opinion in chat, then if everyone agrees (have a mod) set up the synonym, otherwise ask on meta.
    – user56
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 21:19
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    Also, you should have changed the title from Suggested synonym/retag: rename “sorcery” to “magic”
    – Xantec
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 21:22

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Given the support here and in the tag synonym votes, I went ahead and "made it so".

  • +1 for Picard reference :) and thanks! Commented Feb 14, 2012 at 12:32

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