Personally I think we should merge the two tags because they appear to be used for the same kind of questions, but the final decision is up to the community. Everyone with 1250 or more reputation can suggest tag synonyms and/or approve suggestions. If we want to merge the two then we need to decide what the main tag will be; cars or car. Either is fine by me....
It shouldn't be a synonym. That is, in careful technical usage, they mean different things.
Cooling can be done without air conditioning.
Air conditioning can be done without cooling the room: keeping the relative humidity within a set range is part of what air conditioning does.
There used to be such a tag on Stack Overflow, but it was black listed
after Jeff's blog post "The Death of Meta Tags", which by the way explicitly mentions the former best-practices tag.
The problem is that questions asking for "the best" are often not the best questions. To answer them you would need to compare your proposed solution with all other ...
I think this is great as an overview of our tags. I see several tags I wasn't aware of. There are a few tags that I personally would have placed differently, but with so many cross-relations between concepts that is inevitable. For most tags I think it's fine how you modeled it. There are two tags however I feel more strongly about and would like to see ...
Thanks for catching this! Yes, this is clearly a case where it makes sense to create a synonym. I've completed both suggested actions:
Added battery as a synonym of batteries.
Merged the tags so that this question is now tagged properly.
This is a hard thing to categorise. The topics intersect somewhat and the tags are currently used interchangeably.
It might be worth renaming greenhouse-gas-emissions to just greenhouse-gas (or greenhouse-gases?), and have it be a tag that categorises questions about gases but not necessarily about emissions, like the following:
How much does the methane ...
You are absolutely right! We should write more tag wikis. I call upon all users (with at least 100 rep) to choose one tag that hasn't got a wiki yet and write it.
The excerpt of a tag should make clear for what kind of questions/topics the tag should be used. Note that the excerpt is plain text with a maximum of 500 characters.
If you have the time you ...
Now, however, there are tags animals pets and chickens. To disagree with @Grace's conclusion - it seems that most uses of animals is in the livestock sense. I think that animals is too generic to be useful, because it would include pests, predators, and pets. Perhaps you can keep something like an ecosystem tag, remove the animals tag, add livestock and ...
I suggest making space-heating a synonym of heating.
I find heating a more natural choice and don't think users will look for space-heating. (If they do, they'd be redirected to heating.)
Moreover, Wikipedia writes that
Space heating is generally employed to warm a small space, and is usually held in contrast with central heating, which warms many ...
I propose the following tag definition:
Organic is a label placed on food products and clothing that are produced according to organic farming principles. The exact meaning of organic differs per country and/or certification-scheme, but usually it means produced without the use of artificial fertilizers and artifical pesticides, and with ecological balance, ...
TL;DR Let's keep climate-change as the primary and make global-warming a synonym.
There is definitely a difference between global warming and climate change (scroll down) but of course the question is whether that difference is useful on this site. Consider the first line from our on-topic FAQ:
Sustainable Living Stack Exchange is for people passionate ...
Top Tags without excerpts
This is an Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE) query to track which tags see the most use, and don't have tag excerpts. The top 15 (as of writing) are below. Please feel free to edit the list to remove ones that are done, and add new ones from the query above:
Thank you for posting this! The tags on this site can do with some cleaning and wiki improvements, so it's great to see people working on this.
I agree that on this site being green/sustainable is almost always implied in a tag, so I also feel that green-construction basically is a synonym of construction
As a moderator I could already merge the tag, but I'...
For greenhouse-gas-emissions, riffing on the description for carbon-footprint, how about this:
For questions about direct greenhouse gas emissions produced by a product, process, or facility (such as a factory or power plant).