15 questions tagged
15 questions tagged
Exactly the same questions.

What's the difference between these two tags? Should they be merged?

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Per the discussion here, I've renamed to , and setup a synonym from the former to the latter.

  • there are still two separate tags?
    – Solemnity
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 0:30
  • @Solemnity Can you be more specific?
    – user1027
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 0:34
  • Sure, here.
    – Solemnity
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 1:11
  • @Solemnity Yes, we still have a franchise tag, and a series tag. See also star-trek and star-trek-ds9.
    – user1027
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 1:16

I think we should change to . My Little Pony (MLP) is a long running franchise with many series under that banner. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (MLP: FiM) is simply the latest of these. It's conceivable we'll get MLP questions that aren't FiM questions (admittedly I'm not familiar with previous incarnations, so I can't speak to whether or not there are good questions to be had from them), but all FiM questions are necessarily MLP questions.

So deleting either one and creating a synonym would prevent proper tagging should there be non-FiM MLP questions in the future. It's similar to the family of or where the various series have their own tags, then there's also the franchise tag. We just don't have the same wealth of fandom here for the other My Little Pony series that we do for the various Star Treks and Stargates, so the MLP tags' overlap leads to a terrible Venn diagram of 100% overlap.


I think the easiest solution would be to change to . By using , the My Little Pony questions are still easily identified, and we can eliminate having to use two tags to make up for a length limitation. For those 15 questions, they don't need a tag, because they're just about the show Friendship is Magic. If there are questions just about MLP beyond the scope of the current show, then would be applicable.

This change would be congruous to /, so the precedence is there.

Edited to reflect Pureferret's suggestion for easier identification.

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    I'd prefer, my-little-pony-fim, as a tag.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 16:46
  • FiM is less widely accepted than MLP. It'd be more recognized. Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 16:47
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    Agreed, but a) it follows the star-trek/star-trek-ds9 line of abbreviating the more specialised series, and b) people familiar with MLP will recognise FIM as well, but those not familiar will at least know what the main universe is.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 16:50
  • Ok. I see that idea. Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 16:54

Regardless whether there are additional series in that universe, there are no questions here. This tag clutter doesn't help anyone. Since the tags always coincide, and 15 questions is a decent amount of variance, I'd vote to merge the tags into (as suggested by Kevin and Gabe Willard) and leave the old tags as symlinks.

  • The maximum tag length is 25 characters, too long for my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic. Should the main tag be my-little-pony or friendship-is-magic? Or should we just delete one of the two and not make a synonym?
    – user56
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 16:12
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    @Gilles That tag length limitation was why I used two tags for some MLP question I had a while back.
    – user1027
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 16:19
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    We use abbreviations for other series, e.g. star-trek-ds9, so how about my-little-pony-fim
    – Kevin
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 16:47
  • @Kevin: That sounds reasonable. I'll edit.
    – bitmask
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 16:49
  • Thats effectively identical to my suggestion... Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 16:53
  • But it's different enough I think.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 17:12

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