Can I suggest we discuss some tag guidelines? IE, what kind of approach should we take to how our tags are created, named, and used.

  • Tags of two words should be separated by a dash. So should be , not the other way around. Synonyms may be created when this is seen to avoid both existing.
  • We should have tags for tool classes that are used in conjunction with the specific tool, when there is an appropriate one IE, if it's a question for a particular relatively specific kind of saw (say a hacksaw), it should also get in addition to , or perhaps . This is useful if a question that applies to also has features that might apply to other similar saws.
  • Tags should be singular, unless the thing being created is importantly plural, or is a category. not , not , etc; but not .
  • When using verbs like or the suffix "ing" should be used, unless it has its own term, such as .
  • We should have tags focused around:

    and should make an effort to make sure questions that have logical elements of the above have appropriate tags for each (and not just one category).

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    This probably should be community-wiki, do you all think? It's certainly intended that if this is a good start, for others to add to it.
    – Joe
    Mar 17 '15 at 19:38
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    For sure. I think I would add some to it if it became CW :)
    – Blue Ice
    Mar 17 '15 at 21:15
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    @BlueIce Done...
    – Joe
    Mar 19 '15 at 20:09
  • Thanks! Let the official guidelines commence :)
    – Blue Ice
    Mar 19 '15 at 23:34
  • In regards to the plural do we make synonyms? Or just leave it be since the would be autocompleted..... self answered that one I think.
    – Matt
    Mar 20 '15 at 0:37
  • What about verb/actions. finish / finishing and stain / staining. I could see arguments for keeping both or forcing synonyms.
    – Matt
    Mar 20 '15 at 0:38
  • Going against the grain ( See what I did there! ) in the example of [hand-tools] vs [hand-tool] tools flows better IMO
    – Matt
    Mar 20 '15 at 2:18
  • Updated the guildlines based on meta.woodworking.stackexchange.com/a/64/128
    – Matt
    Mar 20 '15 at 13:26
  • hand-tools would be okay if it's a category (a group of hand tools, comprised of awls, screwdrivers, ...).
    – Joe
    Mar 20 '15 at 14:28
  • joinery or joining? All of the other method/process tags are -ing, is joinery the exception or is it wrong?
    – Joe
    Mar 20 '15 at 14:29
  • @Joe We have to use joinery, even though it breaks formalism. It is the most well-known term for this practice. Visitors would question our merit if we all referred to it as joining.
    – drs
    Mar 20 '15 at 14:40

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