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I was going through our tags and I found some inconsistency and non-standardization and might need cleaning up. Few already raised and fix by individual meta posts, and I did few by my own-self, which were quite obvious ones but I think we all can contribute to this tag standardization together.

Any tags that you feel need cleaning up over the main site or meta - post them as an answer, as they get voted up and down they can be cleaned up.

Users with more than 1250 reputation (on beta sites) and a total answer score of 5 or more on the tag, can suggest tag synonyms. Users with a total answer score (total upvotes minus total downvotes) of 5 or more on the tag, can vote for tag synonyms. Suggestions will be automatically approved when they reach a score of 4, and automatically deleted when they reach a score of -2.

If you are confident about synonyms, you can suggest directly and get approval (given you have required score in that particular tag). If you are not so sure, you can suggest in answer and this can be decided by votes.

Up vote = "I agree this tag need cleaning"

Down vote = "I disagree this tag needs cleaning"

No vote = What? No! Voting for the future, make your voice be heard!

I am presenting few from my opinion too and feel free to share your opinions as an answer but only one tag issue per answer. Positive scorer/valid ones will be implemented ASAP.


To better understand the tag synonym and tag merging, refer:

What are tag synonyms and merged tags? How do they work?


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Make tag a synonym of or merge both. Sin is literal English translation of Sanskrit word papam. Papam is there in many other languages too.


Update:

In Sanskrit, pāpam is an adverb whereas pāpa is a noun. We should try to use nouns as tag names.

Creating tag synonyms for all 3: , & is more appropriate.

Similarly, we should rename current tag (adverb) to (noun)

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Merge the two tags one and another . It's just singular and plural. It doesn't have any meaning at all can be made synonym after merging.

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Need to merge the two tags and . Tag is correct...

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Make the tag a synonym of .

It is called 'Tulasi' in Sanskrit and not 'Tulsi.'

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  • What you can do is, edit one of the Q's and create a new tag tulasi, then change your above answer and request for a synonym instead. It's better than fixing the 9 Q's that use tulsi. – sv. Dec 6 '16 at 21:06
  • @sv. That is no needed at all. If everyone like this suggestion it can be implemented straight forward. – anon Dec 8 '16 at 5:58
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Merge the tags and . Make Shastra tag a synonym of Scripture.

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Make and tag synonym of .

Few question have both the tag and they both can be merged and still make sense.

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  • I didn't know that we had either a devotion tag or a devotee tag. Perhaps both should be merged with bhakti. – Keshav Srinivasan Feb 18 '16 at 13:56
  • @KeshavSrinivasan fair enough, updated the option – anon Feb 18 '16 at 13:58
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Need to merge these two tags: and

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The tags and are synonyms

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Hindu astrology = Jyotish. So, make tag synonyms of which clearly says:

The branch of knowledge that deals with study of planetary positions to calculate time and determine its auspiciousness, forecast events, predict future and so on.

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  1. Clean up tag that's used in a question related to Indonesia and also an unrelated question re: King Bali.
  2. Also clean up (edit and replace) all occurrences of "Bali" from questions and answers where it actually refers to Vāli from Ramayana ().
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    Removed bali tag from population question and bali/vali fixed in shared questions. For the king bali question , i am keeping the bali tag for now. – anon Feb 20 '16 at 5:34
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There are no tags related to the Yadava dynasty, Vasudeva and so on. And there are no related tags as well, like Dynasty (Suryavamsa, Chandravamsa) and related tags. I have used the tag for this question, but it hasn't been created.

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  • It hasn't been created.??? How? I can see that tag. – anon Mar 29 '16 at 7:12
  • And tags are only crested when they are needed, there is no way to create them in advance – anon Mar 29 '16 at 7:12
  • @AnkitSharma Okay So that means we can create a new tag when a relevant question is asked? – Surya Mar 29 '16 at 9:02
  • Surely, it should complete the length limit (25) and should be relevant. Even we can add tags to old questions too if they needed it. – anon Mar 29 '16 at 9:12
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    You should probably suggest tag help because you created it / used it first. – sv. Apr 12 '16 at 18:51
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    @Surya I just edited your question and added the 'yadavas' tag. I think you were new user at the time and did not have enough reputation to add a new tag by yourself. – sv. Feb 1 '17 at 19:22
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The tags and are synonyms

Also, might be merged into , although I personally prefer using

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  • Use of tag shakthi is too vague to start with. It is used for shakthi peetha too. – anon Jun 2 '16 at 6:15
  • @AnkitSharma Okay, no tag wiki is defined for it causing confusion – Amit Saxena Jun 2 '16 at 8:53
  • You can fix if you want else i will look into it on weekend , as synonym is not a good solution till it's used correctly – anon Jun 2 '16 at 9:08
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Either clean up tag or make it synonyms of .

Information: Navagraha is the nine planets used in Jyotish i.e Hindu astrology. So, while talking about planet/graha according to Jyotish, is more accurate. As also convey same meaning, either tag should be cleaned or make synonyms of .

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Merge and as they are synonyms.

Tag is clearly defined:

yajña, yagna, or yagya (Sanksrit: यज्ञ, "worship, prayer, praise; offering, oblation, sacrifice; fire ceremony") comes from the root yaj, "to worship" — is an outer form of worship in which offerings are made to different deities in a prescribed and systematic manner by qualified priests to supplicate them, so that they would assist the worshiper in achieving certain results in life.

Make synonyms of .

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Merge and which stand for same-thing. temples is the plural of temple.

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Here are some synonyms.

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    It's better to give one suggestion per post, It will also help in getting clear community opinion/input. – anon Nov 29 '16 at 12:43
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Make synonyms of .

We've already clearly defined tag for Rishi:

rishi (Sanskrit: "seer; one who sees") — is a word that simply means a sage or a divine seer in general.......

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- literature tag fully removed.

Make a synonyms of which is very popular and useful tag (with 484 questions till now) for our community forever.

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    You can check with Keshav why he used both on one of his questions. – sv. Dec 3 '16 at 16:31
  • I too think any more recent Sanskrit work from 1900's or any upcoming work should use the literature tag but not scripture. But we are not supposed to be asking Q's on literature here anyway, it has to have strong connection to scripture in some way. – sv. Dec 8 '16 at 18:00
  • I feel it's better to remove literature tag fully from all those questions. Rather then making them synonym. – anon Jan 5 '17 at 17:17
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There is NO tag for or . Preferably both should be added, but in merged way. The only one I see is which is grossly misunderstood representative of "divisions", as I have pointed in this answer.
It's upto moderators' discretion, if the newly created tags should be separated from "caste" or merged with "caste" or remove anyone of them.

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  • It do look like a problem as we are getting new tags in this umbrella, will try to come up with something soon. – anon Apr 19 '16 at 10:27
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Copied from @Dharmaputhiran's question My concern about the use of mythology tag:

One of my question has been edited and tagged under . The question was about Mahabharata and Hindus believe that Mahabharata is not a myth but an authentic history. Myth and history are contradictory.

Of course, I know that there are two meanings for the word myth: (1): a traditional story (2): a widely held but false belief or idea.

There was a similar question here. Keshav, in his answer there, has stated that the tag is being used in the meaning of a traditional story. But the word myth is now widely being used in the context of a false idea. That would naturally cause confusion to a normal user, especially to the new ones.

Actually, even I was taken aback when I first saw my question tagged under mythology. So, what if we have a separate tag to be used with questions about ancient Hindu history?

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  • @Dharmaputhiran If normal users end up using the tag incorrectly, then we need to educate them. We can however create a synonym on 'mythology' tag called 'traditional-story' if you want. – sv. Mar 16 '16 at 19:22
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I created a new tag and suggested tag help.

Need to search for all relevant questions and apply the new tag (if there's tag-space left on the questions)

But I also see people using names that are spelled slightly differently: Ashwatthama and Ashwatthaman so it's better to create synonyms to account for them.

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  • Ashwatthama seems more popular, so i have kept it primary and made other its synonym – anon Mar 19 '16 at 18:05
  • Could be, I just used the spelling from sacred-texts.com – sv. Mar 19 '16 at 18:07
  • Only two question needed the tag, one is even duplicate. Anyways added in them too. – anon Mar 19 '16 at 18:16
  • @AnkitSharma Ok, great. – sv. Mar 19 '16 at 19:06
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Make a synonyms of

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Make a synonyms of

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Someone created a new tag when there's already a tag.

Need to merge both. Also, if there's a way, we should create another tag (double 'n') so we're covered if someone creates it and uses on a new question.

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  • sannyasa is a spelling mistake. If that tag is not used for some time, it gets deleted and we can create sanyasa. – Sarvabhouma Feb 3 '17 at 17:26
  • @SreeCharan Wiki uses 'Sannyasa'. Also, see here. – sv. Feb 3 '17 at 17:45
  • In telugu we write సన్యాసం. In sanskrit we write सन्यास. In which system it is sannyasa? IAST or ITRANS? – Sarvabhouma Feb 3 '17 at 17:51
  • @SreeCharan Yes, there seems to be some confusion. See Monier Williams dictionary. They use संन्यास ... (saMnyAsa in Kyoto) – sv. Feb 3 '17 at 18:02
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I introduced two news tags and

Let's merge both these using synonyms .

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  • brahmachari - celibate brahmacharya - celibacy. It is like Hindu and Hinduism – Sarvabhouma Feb 3 '17 at 17:10
  • @SreeCharan Ok. Are you saying we need 2 tags one for noun and other for adjective? I made a similar tag request here - sannyasa and sannyasi. – sv. Feb 3 '17 at 17:18
  • I have seen that too. If you ask to merge them, I am gonna stay silent. Let the community decide. Synonym also looks fine. – Sarvabhouma Feb 3 '17 at 17:22
  • @SreeCharan Ok. I was just trying to understand what you meant by your first comment as I already know the difference :) – sv. Feb 3 '17 at 17:42
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Need following synonyms for :

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  • Common practice should be to create tag synonym when it's really required. Creating them in advance when there is no confusion at all is bit far fetched practice. – anon May 31 '16 at 10:34
  • @AnkitSharma This is a special case, you will rarely see people writing "Bhāgavata Purāṇa" in their questions and answers, most people write it as "Śrīmad Bhāgavataṃ" or just "Bhāgavataṃ". Maybe next time when I ask a question related to SB, I can start introducing these new tags! – sv. May 31 '16 at 22:05
  • @sv. Irrespective of what people writing in their posts, they're using bhagavat-purana tag. – Pandya Nov 29 '16 at 15:40
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Vote for whether and are synonyms or not.

In other words (vote for) make a synonyms of

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    panchānga is both a calendar and almanac - so don't think we should merge these two. Also, the correct tag name should be panchānga not panchang. We should prefer Sanskrit names here over Hindi. In the South it's called pañcāṅgam. – sv. Nov 4 '16 at 17:42
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A new tag was introduced by way of this question.

We should either delete it or merge with existing tag

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  • You already removed it from the question, so tag will be deleted automatically after few days of no use. No way to delete it manually. – anon Jan 5 '17 at 17:06
  • @AnkitSharma Ok, good to know. – sv. Jan 5 '17 at 17:08
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Make tag synonyms of

We've a popular tag which stands for:

Questions about Hindu Philosophy, which is divided into six main schools: Sankhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaiśeṣika, Mimamsa and Vedanta.

I've recently found a tag where darshan means philosophy and shad means six. This is already included in tag . So, make synonyms of .

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  • Yes, synonym makes total sense here, upvoted. – sv. Feb 1 '17 at 19:25
  • I think "dharshana" should be philosophy rather than shad-darshana. Shad darshana refers only 6 schools of thought. – The Destroyer Feb 2 '17 at 8:29
  • @TheDestroyer It looks like whoever first created 'philosophy' tag had 'shad-darshana' in mind. So this post is to merge both. For a specific philosophy we should use 'vedanta', 'vaiśeṣika' etc. A separate 'shad-darshana' don't make sense to me. – sv. Feb 2 '17 at 18:32
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Make a synonym of

Because is more appropriate, used more often and also has a clear tag info.

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    I remember in chat a while back there was a discussion that the word "symbol" has two meanings - it can either mean visual symbols like Om and the Swastika, or it can refer to symbolism like Ganesha's broken tusk symbolizing something. So if we merged symbol with symbolism we would lose the other meaning of the word symbol. On the other hand, if we leave it the way it is then people may just randomly pick whether to use the symbol tag or the symbolism tag. So I'm not sure what to do. – Keshav Srinivasan Jun 27 '16 at 7:14
  • I think we should merge both and make it easy. Let people pick whatever they want. Onus is on the reader to understand the context. – sv. Feb 1 '17 at 18:41