It seems that we may have some questionable synonyms. For example:

is a synonym for . While may be a the reverse isn't necessarily true and carnivals are not always associated with the Fat Tuesday.

  • A similar problem is with the football tag. Should it be used for football or soccer? I would to just make it a synonym for sports and do not care about. Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 15:59
  • Actually it should be used for both and American football and Canadian football and Australian football. Technically it could be used for Rugby as well but I won't take it that far. But I could see it as a synonym for sports. We could create specific synonym to a generic but not the other way around.
    – Karlson
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 16:02
  • Not sure about the carnaval one, but I'd be in favour of a simple sports tag.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 0:07
  • @MarkMayo Carnavals are not necessarily are around the Fat Tuesday and not necessarily for the same thing.
    – Karlson
    Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 0:22

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There are two different concepts. So far I believe we've only had QA on one of them:

  1. There's a festival which goes by several names and several spellings which is celebrated in several ways about the same time of year in several places around the world. This tag should be singular, since they are manifestations of the same thing. But having more than one well-known name for the event in one tag is a good idea:

    Carnaval/Mardi Gras, when written as permitted by tags would become carnaval-mardi-gras

  2. There are many small seasonal, sometimes travelling events, which are known in English as fairs, funfairs, carnivals, etc. These should have a plural tag since they are separate things. I think we could again go with a multiple name to avoid confusion:

    Carnivals and fairs, when written in Stack Exchange tag syntax would become carnivals-and-fairs.

I've noticed questions for 1. but not for 2. yet though it's possible I've missed some.

Variations and discussion on this theme is welcome of course.


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