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The tag wiki excerpt for code says: Concerning computer code written or used in the context of a research project or other academic endeavor. Includes questions on licensing, ownership, sharing, distribution, and formatting of academic source code Questions with this tag are specifically about things having to do with the source code itself, like Study ...


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I would suggest to synonymise all of them with the master being formatting. On Stack Exchange, tags have mainly two purposes: To help users who search a solution to some problem they have (so they do not ask a duplicate question). To help users who want to answer question about a certain topic, in particular by enabling them to favourite or subscribe to ...


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From the ten questions tagged cheating, nine are about students cheating at courseworks, exams and similar and one is about diploma mill (and thus mistagged anyway in my opinion, as using diploma mills serves rather to deceive outside of academia). The questions tagged fraud on the other hand are all about academic misconduct at the “research level”. I ...


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Presumably the user who downvoted believes the distinction between grades (the quantitative measure assigned to a piece of work) and grading (the act of assigning a grade) is worth preserving. For example, a question on how grades affect graduate admissions would be about grades but not grading.


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Actually, I like the idea of having a “LMS” tag, because it unifies several different related sets of items into a single category. Learning management systems are becoming increasingly important, and having a tag to search for them may help users find useful related content, even if it's not specific to their platform.


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I think mental-health should be merged with health-issues. I'm reposting here a highly-upvoted comment on a related meta question: I am very much against a mental-health tag, just because I am concerned about contributing to the misconception that mental health issues are somehow not "real" medical issues. See related discussion there.


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Specific tags have some benefit, as long as they're used appropriately. Someone looking for information about elsevier policies in particular isn't necessarily interested in general practices of publishers. Specific tags allow for finer distinctions when searching for questions of interest. Synonyms destroy those distinctions. Tags that are a brand name ...


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My understanding of the two tags is the following: citations is related to questions about the appropriateness of a citation, e.g.: "Should I cite X if [...]?". citation-style, instead, is related only to questions about formatting references and citations. Thus, I wouldn't consider the two as synonyms. Maybe we can improve the description of citations. ...


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The merge has been completed, and the two tags have been set up as synonyms. In response to the comment, as a moderator I'm fine with people suggesting that we manually efect tag synonyms & merges. On a site like Stack Overflow with hundreds of thousands of visitors, the likelihood that enough people who meet criteria (>5 upvotes on tag) will view and ...


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I disagree with the tag renaming. Sexual misconduct is often more about power or the abuse of power than it is about sex. Rape was once seen as a subset of 'sex' but is now appropriately being seen as the vicious form of abuse and crime that it is.


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TL;DR: The personal-statement tag was created to represent a non-standard meaning of the phrase. Tags should be unambiguous words or phrases used according to their most common usage in an academic context. So let's synonymize personal-statement to statement-of-purpose, its most common usage. The personal-statement tag was created by a user to distinguish ...


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The EU and Europe are not the same. The tag usage, in my opinion, is pretty good and demonstrates a need for two separate tags (and possibly a third tag). There are questions which apply only to the EU. All the questions currently tagged EU seem correctly tagged. There are few EU specific questions tagged Europe. There are questions that apply to all of ...


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The problem I see with references is some users think it refers to citations and others think it refers to reference letters. I think we probably need to decide which one is which, retag the questions that do not belong, and add a tag wiki and synonym. It might be best to come up with a list and let the diamond mods do a mass retag to avoid flooding the ...


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job and jobs are definitely synonyms, and they have been merged. I'm not as sure about career and career-path, but I'd love to hear what everyone else about those.


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I could imagine some edge cases where online learning is not distance learning. I think there are less cases of distance learning not being online nowadays. I think the two tags might be useful since I would think that questions about on online-distance learning could often be divided into a distance or online question.


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I think this might be a situation where a new tag is appropriate. Deferral of offers is not just specific to admissions, but can also apply to postdoc and faculty job offers.


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I just wanted to comment regarding logistics: the best way to rename a tag is post on meta to find out if the community supports or is opposed to the tag renaming. if there is community support, moderators will "merge" the tag which effectively renames it. It's generally not recommended to just start adding or replacing the tag manually, especially for a ...


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I don't believe retagging is the way to go here. Not only does it flood the front page, but it hides the problem that figures and graphics are synonyms. I also don't have the required reputation. That said, even if I did, tag synonyms are not really being voted on so nothing is would actually change.


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I am the moderator who merged that synonym. The reason I did this was because they had been used without their intended distinction. That is, questions already tagged with publishing were no more likely to be about the process of publishing than questions with publications, and questions already tagged with publications were no more likely to be about the ...


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Why should writing and scientific-writing be synonyms ? After all, there's a lot of academic writing that's not scientific. Admittedly, this site is very tech-heavy, but that's not by design, and we'd welcome academics from non-science disciplines as well.


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The current situation is fine. eu is specific to grants and administrative aspects relating to the political entity of the European Union, and europe, although a very vague tag since academia varies vastly between European countries, describes the geographic entity. europe can be used to exclude the American or Asian context. They are not synonyms


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I see the following: Significant parts of Europe, such as Norway and Switzerland, are not part of the EU Europe is likely to remain coherent for a long time, whereas it is possible that near-future political events might significantly change the definition of the EU. All of the questions that I see tagged with EU appear to be fine to tag with Europe. I ...


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Do nothing, and let nature take its course.


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No, authors proofread and copy editors do a host of things. They are different processes.


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I'm not an expert of the SE software, but I think the answer to your question boils down to the role of tags in this website. My impression (correct me if I'm wrong), is that tags are: used by users for browsing and finding Q&As they are interested in used by the community to organize Q&As, clean up the mess, have a coherent taxonomy used for SEO ...


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I just added the synonym. Enjoy!


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textbooks is already a synonym of books. It serves a useful purpose: if someone tries to add textbooks to a question, the question will be tagged books. What's the benefit of eliminating the synonym?


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There are general questions in intellectual-property that don't fit in any of the more specific tags. For example, What level of sponsor ownership is normal for an industry-sponsored research project? and PhD student, issued contract at year 3 which will sign over intellectual property. Is it legal?. I am not in favor of eliminating intellectual-property.


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To me, the critical question is this: what resource is expended by tags? Infrastructure-wise, there is no limit on number of tags in the database. There is a per-post limit, so we cannot have a general taxonomic policy without needing to allow for frequent truncation. There is also a limit on citation time expended by the community and on rate of change ...


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