is frequently used for almost all sorts of questions only marginally related to research, such as publishing a research paper.

In hope to reduce this misuse, I suggest to rename it to , which has the advantage of excluding the product of research, but still includes performing research, which the tag is about. This should happen without synonymising , because the change would be pointless otherwise.

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The problem with is that it uses a word form that is rarely used in standard American English. (That is, not many people would say "I am researching. . . ." Instead, they'd likely say: "My research does X. . . " or something similar.

I agree with the need for a split tag, but perhaps would convey what you're after better?

  • Sounds good by me. Note though, that I am not proposing to split the tag, but to rename it. There is no need for a tag research in the world I am proposing.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Nov 23, 2015 at 7:23

Looking at the current body of questions tagged , it does seem like the tag needs to be split, not just renamed. Most of the questions currently tagged are not about the research process. Most of them already have tags that classify them well, so I suggest creating synonyms starting with "research-", for all the people who believe they need to tag their questions with "research" and starts typing it into the tag input field.

I suggest (based on the types of existing questions currently tagged ):

I may be missing some, that will come up as we attempt to re-tag all the mis-tagged questions in .

  • I proposed something like this a while back: meta.academia.stackexchange.com/a/863/929. Your list is better and the problem is bigger now.
    – StrongBad
    Nov 23, 2015 at 21:49
  • @StrongBad Thanks for pointing that out, I had forgotten about that. I think most of the objection to your suggestion was because you seemed to indicate that research-undergraduate wasn't needed as a separate tag. (At least, I downvoted it for that reason.)
    – ff524
    Nov 23, 2015 at 21:51

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