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Three SO tags for which the wiki excerpts are basically exact matches:

  • : 134 questions, 32 followers, excerpt: "A Turing machine is an idealized model of computation..."
  • : 3 questions, 3 followers, excerpt: "A Turing machine is a device that manipulates symbols..."
  • : 19 questions, 14 followers, excerpt: "Known as turing machine, it is a device that manipulates symbols..."

Though the other two are much less popular, a few highly-voted but possibly non-constructive questions use the other forms.

The two that just differ by a plural are easy, and it's obvious that the plural form is the more popular one. Just is a little more difficult, as it could theoretically be a holding place for , , the Turing test, the Turing language, or fanfiction about Alan Turing (maybe not so much the last one).

As far as I can tell, there's a mere one question about the language Turing, the one linked in the previous paragraph. I don't believe that really warrants keeping around, but the few Turing test questions don't seem to have a home other than .

Manually moving nearly all the questions from the other two tags to would be easy. As I understand it, if goes away, users wouldn't be able to recreate it, as it differs only by a trailing s?

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In the realm of Turing things, there's also [turing-tarpit], which doesn't seem to need to exist at all, though I'm a fan of the term. – John Flatness Mar 3 '13 at 23:56
[turing-machine] as a singular collective noun seems like it would be the proper tag name, such as other tags like [iphone] covering all iPhones in existence – DGund Mar 4 '13 at 0:03
I don't think either "iPhone" or "Turing machine" are collective nouns, they're just singular. Anyway, since there's a mixture of singular, plural, gerund, etc. all over the place, I assume custom and popularity rule the day. Plus, it's easier to move just 3 questions. – John Flatness Mar 4 '13 at 0:33
Fair, might as well go with what's most popular – DGund Mar 4 '13 at 0:51