With two recent questions:

How quiet can a static, non-propulsive pulsejet be?
What frequency range would be ideal for audible communication on a planet with a thick atmosphere?

I found myself looking for a tag with no luck. Nothing comes up in the tags when I search for "hear" or "sound" either. We have a tag, but that does not include the science of acoustics.

Finally, I found .

For questions asking about the creation of or propagation of sound. Questions about how creatures or beings vocalize should use the tag. Questions about music should use the tag.

For questions asking about the creation and propagation of sound (compression waves) in any medium. Questions using this tag should be asking about general world rules such as the nature of sound in a specified atmosphere or the consequence of sound given a magical event.

Questions asking about how creatures or beings speak or vocalize should not use this tag, but should instead us the vocalizations tag.

Questions asking about music should not use this tag, but should use the music tag instead.

To make it easier to find (only 4 questions before my retags), can we add as a synonym? I can't propose it because I don't have a score of 5+ for (and synonym proposals are nearly invisible anyway).

  • $\begingroup$ Note: I retagged relevant questions with "acoustic" but there are tons with "frequency" and "sound" and so forth. I actually enjoy the process of editing and retagging, but doing so would massively flood the home page. This is a tag that, if easy to find, should be pretty popular. $\endgroup$
    – Cyn
    Jun 26, 2019 at 15:07

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While I was there I reviewed three other pending synonym proposals. I approved -> and left the other two pending meta discussion. They are:

  • (8 questions) -> (504 questions): while the former encompasses the study of the latter, I don't know if that makes this a suitable synonym. I haven't reviewed the questions.

  • (89 questions) -> (539 questions): I'm not a big fan of substring synonyms, especially initial-substring synonyms. If didn't exist, anybody starting to type "medieval" would be directed to -- problem solved! Except that the tag got created and kept getting used, so something more complicated must be going on. Further, I think we've had inconclusive meta discussions about whether "medieval" implicitly means Europe or if other cultures had medieval periods too.

If anyone wants to pursue either of these, please start a new meta question (ideally with some review of what's on those tags now).

Speaking of substring synonyms, while I was in there I also deleted -> and -> .

And I also found -> , with no tagged questions, so I deleted that.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! anthropology -> culture seems reasonable to me. If we were a social science stack, they'd need to be separate, but, for our purposes, they're close enough. We had a discussion on the whole set of era tags and they desperately need revamping. I have been wanting to revisit that for a while, as we had great discussion but then nothing. I suggest picking that up from the original. worldbuilding.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6982/… $\endgroup$
    – Cyn
    Jun 27, 2019 at 15:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Cyn cultural or social anthropology <-> culture could be fine but the questions relating to biological anthropology do not a good fit for culture synonymy (even in WB) make. Same with linguistics (not really culture though certainly highly related). So I think the meta would be warranted $\endgroup$
    – LinkBerest
    Jun 27, 2019 at 22:57
  • $\begingroup$ @JGreenwell I'm open to hearing your arguments. Why don't you start a new Meta question about it? $\endgroup$
    – Cyn
    Jun 28, 2019 at 3:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Cyn if I get time to look more closely through the tags this weekend I will $\endgroup$
    – LinkBerest
    Jun 28, 2019 at 21:17
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    $\begingroup$ @cyn I haven't forgotten this just got really, really busy will look this month when things calm down $\endgroup$
    – LinkBerest
    Jul 20, 2019 at 6:02

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