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.

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These two tags (tag info: 'For questions about Hindu gods in general') and (tag info: 'Gods in Vedic mythology, Hinduism') are similar. I think both words convey the same meaning. So need to merge into one. Most probably is more significant in the context of Hinduism.

We also have defined as a synonym of :

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So we have a lot of tags that convey the same meaning. Need to merge all these into one.

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    This makes sense. Not sure why people downvoted without leaving a comment. – sv. Feb 1 '17 at 19:27
  • @sv. dieties and gods are different. I think diety represents idol in temple. – The Destroyer Feb 2 '17 at 8:27
  • @TheDestroyer For 'deity', my dictionary says: "Any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force" – no mention of idol there. So, deity = god = deva (all are same) ... idol = idol – sv. Feb 2 '17 at 18:28
  • @sv. Google says idol too. But Merriam webster says only Supernatural being. – The Destroyer Feb 2 '17 at 18:51
  • @TheDestroyer I actually googled before posting my earlier comment. Google says "A god or goddess (in a polytheistic religion)." – no idol in there. I'm guessing it's the Indian English writers who messed it up using 'deity' to mean 'idol' and vice versa. – sv. Feb 2 '17 at 18:59
  • @sv. What is final conclusion? – The Destroyer Mar 8 '17 at 11:07
  • @TheDestroyer Personally, I think devas (Sanskrit) and gods (English) are one & the same so best to make them synonyms, but there are 3 downvotes here. So leave it up to you. Re: deities & gods, they are already defined as synonyms, so there's nothing to fix there. – sv. Mar 8 '17 at 17:14
  • @sv. Dieties tag is merged with Gods. But there are two different tags Gods and Devas. I think Gods also should be merged with Devas (Master tag). – The Destroyer Mar 8 '17 at 17:17

Tag name for Manusmriti should be not , as it's always written as one word not two. If approved can become the synonym for the new tag.

  • Good suggestion. Out of curiosity, this post's Qn was started by you. Why your name is not appearing there and instead it's appearing as "anon"? – iammilind Jun 15 '17 at 12:28
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    @iammilind I disassociated my account from the post as I am not a mod anymore and don't wish to get notification every time for new answer comes. meta.stackexchange.com/a/225997/182734 – Ankit Sharma Jun 15 '17 at 12:35

Make the synonym of . Keeping as the master

In the tag excerpt of worship:

It is widely referred to as Pooja in Hinduism.

  • How about keeping Puja as the master since it is Sanskrit term? – Pandya Jun 16 '17 at 10:25
  • @Pandya This is english language based site. Keeping the english tag would help more people including users whose native is not India, Also I proposed to make papam synonym of sin but Ankit Sharma kept papam. I would also ask to change that one too. – Sarvabhouma Jun 16 '17 at 10:29
  • The same request was rejected earlier. – Pandya Jun 16 '17 at 10:44

Add new tags: , and

Make them synonyms of each other.

Also make current tag synonym of above or just rename it to

Use the following tag wiki for the unified tag:

Use this tag for questions related to vegan, vegetarian or non-vegetarian food.

Use the following full tag wiki for the unified tag:

  • Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat (red meat, poultry, seafood, insects and the flesh of any other animal), and may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter.
  • Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and the philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.
  • Non-vegetarian: One who is not a vegetarian!


Questions that currently use or should use one of the proposed tags from above:

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    Instead of creating 3 tags, it's better to have single as food-habits. There will be too less questions on each tag, if they are separated. But with combined, there will be sizable amount of questions. – iammilind Mar 1 '16 at 5:36
  • Do we even have question on all three food habits? Seems bit unnecessary. iammilind's suggestion seems bit more reasonable. – anon Mar 1 '16 at 6:17
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    @iammilind I think Food-habits is too generic. I'm not sure if many people think of that that tag to apply. The 3 tags I proposed will not be independent of each other, they will be synonyms so they all point to same tag. Looks like there's also a food tag: food – sv. Mar 1 '16 at 15:17

This question - How to start reading Bhagavad Gita? - sounds like a personal advice question however the community has allowed it.

Since we've decided to allow it, how about a new tag for such questions? or ?

  • Anyways I am also in favor of keeping this question as its more like a general advice to me rather then personal advice but i am not sure of your tagging suggestion, will leave it to others for decision. – anon Apr 13 '16 at 10:26
  • I think you should discuss this as separate meta question as this post is about cleaning up tags. Or you may also add new tag to relevant question. – Pandya Feb 2 '17 at 8:01

Need to merge these two tags: and

The second one is more widely used.

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    Although second one is widely used. But we have other Gitas as well like Vyasa Gita from Kurma Purana, Shiva Gita from Padma Purana, Rudra Gita from Varaha Purana, Ishwara Gita from Kurma Purana, Brahma Gita and Suta Gita from Skandha Purana, Anu Gita from Ashwamedha Parva, Avadhuta Gita, Devi Gita from Devi Bhagvatam, Uddhava Gita from Srimad Bhagvatam and so on many other Gitas. So I think we need both tags. One specially for the famous Bhagvad Gita and another Gita tag for all other Gitas. – Tezz Sep 29 '16 at 2:22
  • @Tezz The way 'gita' tag is used right now, it's being used for Bhagavad Gita if you look at the questions. For other gita's, we need to use specific tag for those. Not sure how a generic one is useful - it will only cause confusion. – sv. Sep 29 '16 at 5:14
  • Then we can just merge them and then remove gita tag and let it die eventually. But for that I need to check all gita tags first – anon Sep 29 '16 at 6:00
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    @AnkitSharma There are only 12 Q's with gita tag. Some users have used both on the same Qn not knowing which one is correct, maybe best to make 'gita' synonym of 'bhagavad-gita'. – sv. Sep 29 '16 at 20:25

Separate tags for and (or mahadeva), as many people use them interchangeably.

Ref: Are Lord Shiva and Lord Shankar two different deities?

In my knowledge, Shiva is also said to be another name of , hence having that tag as another synonym is desirable. Similar for and .
Above needs to be checked before proceeding.

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    I agree with your proposal of separate tags for Shiva and Shankara or Rudra. But not all people agree your 2nd proposal of Synonyms. – The Destroyer Mar 29 '16 at 17:53

Make a synonym of

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    No. Dharma has different meanings. Sanatana Dharma is used for Hinduism but Dharma could mean Righteousness, duty, morality.. – The Destroyer Mar 1 '17 at 15:17

Make tag and tag synonym of

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    I did suspected that worship and prayer have different meaning and foud this. Anyways thanks for the suggestion. – anon Feb 18 '16 at 10:24
  • I think we should combine worship and prayer, but that tag should be separate from puja. – Keshav Srinivasan Feb 18 '16 at 13:57
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    @KeshavSrinivasan but as per all the link and definitions, worship and prayer are different things. differencebetween.com/difference-between-prayer-and-vs-worship – anon Feb 18 '16 at 15:32

Make tag synonym of .

I don't think should be treated as different tag and should be sub tag or synonym of tag

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    I'm not sure why we have a life tag at all. A life-span tag makes some sense, given life-spans in different Yugas. – Keshav Srinivasan Feb 18 '16 at 13:58
  • @KeshavSrinivasan some of them need tag cleaning – anon Feb 18 '16 at 18:36

Tag should be a synonym of