I was writing a question about working with iron, and noticed that there seemed to be quite a lot of tags relating to the topic, some of which seemed conflicting:

Specifically, seems to conflict with , and seems to be a superset of , which has only one question and seems unnecessary.

I don't have the score needed in any of these tags to suggest synonyms (and probably wouldn't do so without asking on meta anyway), but I think they could probably use some cleaning up.

I'd suggest keeping and , making a synonym of the latter, and getting rid of . It seems is almost always used with anyway, and I don't see it adding too much.

Is this something that should be cleaned up?


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Thanks for bringing this up. Consolidating them as you've said makes sense.

It's good housekeeping, merging two minor tags into their parent tags. To catastrophize for a second, if we don't we run the risk of separate minor tags for every metal and alloy, plus every metalworking technique. That would create a lot of noise for little value.

If we find ourselves in a circumstance where we need to make those distinctions then we can recreate the tags when they are needed.

While we're at it we should remove the redundant tag tag.

  • $\begingroup$ I for one think it's about time the smiths, metal workers, tinkers, farriers, wheelwrights and other assorted & ironic trades clean up their tags! $\endgroup$
    – elemtilas
    Nov 4, 2021 at 2:58
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    $\begingroup$ Merging and synonymization done $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch Mod
    Nov 4, 2021 at 3:50

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