Many of our tag names are pretty inconsistent. So we e.g. have:
and several others in this line. Those examples show the following inconsistencies:
- singular vs. plural forms (editor / editors)
- nominalized verbs versus nomens (editing / editor)
All in all, it looks a bit messy. Shouldn't we clean this up? If so, what should our guidelines be? Can we adapt them somehow from any matured SE site, to stay even consistent "at large"?
Yes, I'm aware that only mods can rename a tag (see: How to rename a tag?). If we feel it's worth it, that's the way to go. If not: I'd prefer keeping the "status-quo" over creating redundancy by using synonyms only differing in their last 1..3 characters.
Singular vs. plural tags
There seems to be a consent on always using plural forms for tags (with few exceptions where plural doesn't make sense):
- Tags should be plurals (with a few caveats) (Meta.Travel.SE)
- Tag Etiquette - Gerunds versus Plurals (or tagging vs. tags) (Meta.SE)
- Is the tag pluralization filter working correctly? (Meta.SE; this post shows that there even has been a mechanism to not allow singular tags being created); also see: Why is the tag [layouts] replaced with [layout] instead of the other way around?
Forms: nominalized verbs vs. plural forms
Here it seems might be more exceptions, as different forms might have different meanings. Still, if that's not the case, we might want to set a preference: