which tag should we use [bbq] or [barbecue] -currently there are
3 of each 9 for [barbecue] and 11 for [bbq] with no overlap.
or something else entirely?
I vote to keep them both. Southern style slow and low smoking and the accompanying sauces is more often referred to as bbq than barbecue (although both are used). Barbecue in the English sense would be referred to as grilling in the US. Seems to me that people would be highly likely to use both tags. If we removed one, wouldn't it just keep getting created, or does stack exchange have a mechanism to deal with that?
I'm going to argue that there's a need for at least two categories, even when simply speaking in the American sense:
Personally, I hate the term 'BBQ'. Most likely because it reminds me of the year when I lived in the deep south. (note to others -- when you're in 5th grade, and you're accused of being a 'northerner', it doesn't help to try to explain that you're from Maryland, which is south of the Mason-Dixon line).
I believe there may be a need to differentiate between the equipment as well (grill, barbeque, whatever you want to call it). If the term
BBQ is always used to refer to the end product of barbecuing, we could always that to differentiate between the food and the equipment used to produce it.
How we're going to deal with synonyms, when 'grilling' means something different in Aus., I have no clue without qualifying the tags somehow.
update : We could use a plural noun for the equipment, but then we have the whole question of the event as a whole, which could be plural as well.