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It is hard for me to understand what the exact difference is between the and tags. What are the differences between these two tags?

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    Despite what the tag wiki says, some of the application questions are about job applications. It seems like a confused tag. – StrongBad Feb 17 '15 at 14:55
  • @StrongBad It is confusing indeed. May we can have it renamed to job-applications. Then we have job-applications tags for questions about academic jobs and graduate-admissions for questions about applying to masters and PhD levels. – Enthusiastic Engineer Feb 17 '15 at 15:01
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    We already have faculty-application and job-search. I think it is just a case of cleaning them up. – StrongBad Feb 17 '15 at 15:05
  • @StrongBad Good idea. – Enthusiastic Engineer Feb 17 '15 at 15:06
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I interpret as being about the package of documents you submit in order to be considered for a job or for admissions. Whereas is about the admissions process in general. (This is based on my observations of how the tags have been used so far, it doesn't say anything about this in the tag wikis or excerpts.)

For example, I consider the following to be in but not necessarily

whereas the following are explicitly about the application that you submit for consideration

Along the same lines, in there are some questions that aren't about the actual application, and some that are.

It's a subtle distinction, which is probably why it's not applied very consistently. But I do see this difference in their usage at least some of the time, so I don't believe these tags are redundant.

(I also do find these tags to be reasonably useful in their current state, i.e. even though they are not applied perfectly. So I would use the distinction above to tag new questions, but would not be in favor of re-tagging old questions en masse.)

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