The other day as I was doing my drive-by copyediting and tagging run I added the tag to the question about snorkelling in Hawaii without apparently thinking it through properly because I've only spotted it now.

But is it a good thing or a bad thing? Technically snorkelling isn't really diving, but would a snorkelling tag just be adding something with not enough use and not enough differentiation?

Should we:

  1. Just always tag snorkelling questions as "diving" for now?
  2. Add a "snorkelling" tag as well as a diving tag?
  3. Make "snorkelling" but add it as a synonym to "diving"?
  4. Edit the name of the tag to something more inclusive like "diving-and-snorkelling"?

If we do go with option 3. I think we should edit the tag wiki/excerpt to specifically mention that it includes snorkelling.

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    Number 3, definitely. I think they have enough in common to justify lumping them together. And no. 4 is frankly an abomination. Oct 28 '11 at 6:14
  • Yeah I find it harder to avoid abomination tags on this SE than on any of the others I participate in. Perhaps due to being less sciency? Oct 28 '11 at 7:54
  • That's strange, I just noticed a new snorkelling question and it seems to be the only one now with the snorkelling tag. How can this be? Nov 3 '11 at 7:33

Posted separately as an answer since it's closely related but not the same.

We now have a "snorkeling" tag with one "l". I hadn't realized there are two spellings:

I actually thought the British spelled tag already existed but it doesn't yet. In any case it's always a good idea to have these variants as synonyms. I believe the rule is the variant used in the Wikipedia article becomes the main synonym? As an Aussie of course I'm in favour of the "two l" spelling.


should be a synonym of , because I believe 'diving' covers all range of such water(sport) activities.

Vote up if you agree.

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