I was looking for something about bookmarking conversations in chat and I have noticed that the questions I found were tagged either by or by or by . Only the last one has tag-excerpt and tag-wiki.

The three tags seem to me very similar, at least (bookmark) and (chat-bookmarks) seem to be used for the same purpose, when I look at the questions currently having these tags. To me the name (chat-bookmarks) seem definitely better than (bookmark), since it is much less ambiguous. (Bookmark has more general meaning and I found questions in this tag like Can I bookmark a question on Stack Overflow? or Bookmarklet: Show unanswered questions (0-answer, not no-accepted-answer) which have nothing to do with chat.)

The tag (conversation) contains similar questions. Although not all question which have this tag at the moment are chat related.

I think that having good tags improves possibility to search for questions about some topic. So I am asking for advice what to do with these closely related tags?

  • Should (bookmark) be completely removed and replaced by (chat-bookmarks) in those questions which are about chat? Or should we create a synonym ?
  • What about ? Should this tag stay separate? Or would it be reasonable if it was also a synonym?
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    Well, bookmark is more general and can be used for browser bookmarks or even favorite questions. It's quite a mess, need to go over the questions and see if it can be removed. That's why I created the chat-bookmarks tag. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Sep 5 '16 at 6:43
  • @ShadowWizard what's your take on making conversation synonym of chat-bookmarks? – gnat Sep 5 '16 at 7:07
  • conversation and chat-bookmarks refer to different things don't they? – Cai Sep 5 '16 at 7:25
  • @Cai It depends on what you mean by conversation. But the thing you get when you bookmark something in chat is called conversation here at SE. (And if you look at questions in that tag, the tags is mostly used for conversations in chat. With a few exceptions, like this one.) – Martin Sep 5 '16 at 7:29
  • @Martin you are right, I was thinking chat-bookmark was referring to starred messages in chat, not bookmarked conversations. It's early and I'm tired... – Cai Sep 5 '16 at 7:34
  • @Cali Yes, stars and bookmarked conversations are different thing. As it turns out, there is even a separate (chat-stars) tag. – Martin Sep 5 '16 at 7:37
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    As I said, it is quite a mess now. No doubt it needs some reordering and retagging, but I don't think that synonyms are the answer. @gnat. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Sep 5 '16 at 14:59

I asked one of those questions (a few years ago) and I think I would have used if it had been suggested. So either the tag didn't exist yet or I used a tag auto-suggestion (if that feature existed then), most likely. I'm not saying this to defend the use of the tag but to explain why some of those other questions might have the tag instead of .

I suggest retagging the questions that are really about chat. If there are any questions left that are about bookmarks but not chat bookmarks, and we decide the tag is valuable, then we rename the tag to be more descriptive (and give it a meaningful wiki excerpt). If we mean , for example, say that. This way a user trying to tag a question will see two specific types of bookmarks, increasing the chances of tags being used as intended.

If we decide we don't need a bookmarks-but-not-chat-bookmarks tag, then we don't need to create the synonym. Usually pure-substring synonyms aren't helpful; the real tag shows up when you start to type, even if what you're typing isn't from the beginning of the tag. (I just tested this.) will show up when somebody starts to type "bookmark".

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