At the moment we have two questions revolving around gun control with a disjoint set of tags sitting on the front page:

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It would be easy enough to retag them but I’m wondering if would make more sense to just unify the tags and . What do you think?

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There are questions that are about weapons, but are not about guns, for example:

Has weather been weaponised? , Would a laser weapon visibly fire? , Do hovercraft trigger minefields? , Does the use of tasers by the police lead to an increase in people killed by police? , and others which means that must remain.

However, there are many questions that are tagged as but without the tag, or quastions about guns that are tagged only as . Which means that if a user searches for a question about guns, they will not find all the relevant questions, and the same goes for weapons. In a world where all the users tag their question perfectly, questions about guns would be tagged as both and as .

But since this isn't the case, and in order to avoid bad tagging, I'm for unifying both tags under , and add a note in the description that the tag is for all types of weapons including firearms and guns.


All are but not all are .

Normally this means they should not be merged. At the very least, though, do not make go to :-)

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    Okay – so retag then? Dec 19, 2012 at 7:49
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    I think this makes a case for that weapons->guns is bad. But guns->weapons, given the weapons set is almost exclusively guns, seems okay to me.
    – Oddthinking Mod
    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:23
  • Let's let the community decide, folks :-)
    – Sklivvz
    Dec 19, 2012 at 21:45

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