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?


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 '21 at 2:58
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    $\begingroup$ Merging and synonymization done $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch Mod
    Nov 4 '21 at 3:50

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