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As I'm cleaning up tagging, I encounter tags that should "obviously" be synonyms, but aren't. As I lack the reputation in these tags, I can't even propose synonyms, so I rely on others to help me here. The first entry in each line in this list is the tag that should "survive"

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm don't support merging electromagnetism and electromagnet. The first, I take to be general and theoretical. The second relates to a specific practical device. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 1, 2023 at 18:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MathKeepsMeBusy fair enough. I removed the electromagnet tag from several electric-motor questions when I converted electric+motor. The tag has high abuse potential, but you're right, it does have a meaning of its own. Note that the same is the case for voltage-regulation, which isn't actually the same as voltage-regulator, but in practice, voltage-regulation only has two questions, both of which are about concrete voltage-regulator ICs. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 1, 2023 at 18:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ Tag synonyms are basically impossible to suggest, so effectively you need a mod to do them (it is very easy for mods to do). Users should post an answer for each of these pairs (one pair per answer) with an argument either to make them synonyms or not, and the mods can make synonyms out of the ones voted as such. I've already done "electric-vehicle" and "ev" as those are obviously synonyms. \$\endgroup\$
    – Null Mod
    Nov 1, 2023 at 19:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Merged the voltage-regulation and tacho tag with their respective tags, those are obvious \$\endgroup\$
    – Voltage Spike Mod
    Nov 1, 2023 at 19:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Null if electric-vehicle/ev are this easy, I'd ask you to do the same to amplitude-modulation/am (caveat: worse tag has better wiki entry) \$\endgroup\$ Nov 1, 2023 at 19:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Null /Voltage Spike: I should probably not move goalposts 3hrs after asking a question, but added lipo / lithium-polymer, because, well, this seems an obvious one to me. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 1, 2023 at 21:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ I understand the basis for these but some are far far less intuitive after a lifetime of use AND the obvious alternative may not occur. eg AM, FM. || I feel that EV is so oervassive that electric-vehicle may not come t mind- even for younger brains (also for me :-) ). || If we start in on LiPo then I wasn't a LiPo so I said nothing. Then they came for the LiIon LiFePO4 ... but I wasn't ... . Then they came for the NiMH NiCd ... . :-( || There seems to be a significant risk of it all just ending up as Battery when people can't findthe "obvious" tag. \$\endgroup\$
    – Russell McMahon Mod
    Nov 1, 2023 at 21:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ that's why synonyms are quite nice, @RussellMcMahon : If I type ev, the first tag that appears is electric-vehilce, when I then use the arrow key and hit enter in the tag field, I get the electric-vehicle tag (I would have never thought of EV; not commonly used in my circles). For LiPo<->Lithium Polymer: literally the same thing, so I feel quite confident about that. I'm not proposing we merge e.g. LiPo and Lithium-Ion technology. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 1, 2023 at 21:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RussellMcMahon that ev->electric-vehicle request came from the very prevalent abuse of electric for on questions about things having to do with EVs, but not tagged with ev, so I see real demand. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 1, 2023 at 21:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ There's no such thing as analog data communication? \$\endgroup\$ Nov 2, 2023 at 12:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ People asking for control theory assistance may be very different from those looking to build a control system. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 2, 2023 at 12:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ And current sensing is much broader than current sensor. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 2, 2023 at 12:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ScottSeidman hey, would you mind making the control system argument an answer here? That way, a moderator who was about to do any changes would definitely see your concern. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 2, 2023 at 12:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ScottSeidman see my edit to the question regarding current-sensing \$\endgroup\$ Nov 2, 2023 at 12:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ScottSeidman depends on whether you want to document dissent or consent explicitly! :) \$\endgroup\$ Nov 2, 2023 at 17:22

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and should be synonyms.

Wikipedia (as well as other sites) seem to indicate that these terms are generally used as synonyms.

The "sinusoidal" tag currently has no usage guidance.


I'm following Null's comment suggestion:

Users should post an answer for each of these pairs (one pair per answer) with an argument either to make them synonyms or not

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My thoughts, I'd invite others to post

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  • \$\begingroup\$ re cell: can we then introduce a new tag galvanic-cell and make cell a synonym of that? Reason is that cell is used for cellular communications, ASIC standard cells, and other less-common meanings. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 1, 2023 at 19:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sure, I fully support that. cell is very meta \$\endgroup\$
    – Voltage Spike Mod
    Nov 1, 2023 at 19:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ re electromagnetic: in practice, the amount of usage where electronmagnetism would, in my humble opinion, more accurate, by far outweighs the cases where the point really is that something is statically magnetic due to a current intentionally flowing. Most questions range somewhere between EM/microwave tech and things about electric motors. And of course, the common "I typed in a term consisting of two words and they became two tags" electromagnetic spectrum, electromagnetic radiation \$\endgroup\$ Nov 1, 2023 at 19:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ Re cell: updated the question to introduce the galvanic-cell \$\endgroup\$ Nov 1, 2023 at 19:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ Found another redundant set of tags: schematics / schematic \$\endgroup\$
    – Velvet
    Nov 9, 2023 at 13:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ Also, I'm not sure if EE really needs both current and amperage. (I'm not sure I really understand the linguistic nuance though.) \$\endgroup\$
    – Velvet
    Nov 9, 2023 at 13:44

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