A previous meta question didn't really go anywhere, so I thought I'd try a more targeted question now that our traffic numbers are starting to rise again.

What should we do with the tag? Make a separate answer for each suggestion. Vote each answer up or down based on whether you agree with it or not.

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The canonical tag should be , with synonyms of , , , just like it is on English Language & Usage.

While meaning and definition aren't exactly the same, they're close enough to justify being categorized together in a single tag. Meaning is slightly more broad than definition, so it should be the main tag name.

I'm less committed to whether it should be or . The StackExchange recommendation (as far as I know) is that tag names should generally be plural, but I feel like I see meaning as more of a general concept than a distinct thing that there are many of, and I think would be more natural (as in other cases like the existing , , , , etc.).


Well I disagree, first that the previous question got anywhere (as we ended up with a new tag and dealt with the others) and second that this tag should be changed to only meanings with synonyms.

It's not that I am against synonyms but that I am for simplicity. is quite clear, we don't really need to make separate tags to distinguish a word difference that in the end won't make a difference in the understanding of the question for it to be answered. A meaning and a definition are often closely related, and if it is the case that they are not, the answer will explain it. EL&U works differently, and I think it fairly complicated compared to how SL&U has been working for this time.

As you said, they are close enough to justify being categorized in a single tag. In the end this question is only of shortening the tag name. IMHO, I don't see the benefit or why should we bother. Instead of messing with synonyms etc..

  • I guess the main reason I'm pushing for this is because meanings-definitions sounds awkward and unwieldy to me. Can you point to any other tag on any SE site that has two plural nouns joined together like that?
    – jrdioko
    Feb 7, 2012 at 17:32
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    It's just a tag, it's not a sentence. We have many similar on travel.SE but we always put an -and- between to join them. This seems purely down to taste/style though. Feb 25, 2012 at 12:27

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