--I think these are uncontroversial duplicates. I think we should make them synonyms to avoid repeat cleanup. I think a mod should do it to avoid bumping threads (or give me the ability to do it).


  • avocado/avocados
  • castiron/cast-iron
  • cocktail/cocktails
  • comparison/comparisons
  • egg-white/egg-whites
  • measurement/measurements
  • mushroom/mushrooms
  • recipe/recipes
  • technique/techniques
  • tomato/tomatoes
  • yogurt/yoghurt


  • alternative/substitute/replacement
  • baked/baking
  • bake-time/cooking-time
  • bbq/barbeque
  • burger/burgers/hamburger
  • freezer/freezing/freezer-cooking
  • sharpeners/sharpening
  • smoke/smoking
  • tradition/traditional
  • waste/disposal
  • taste/flavor
  • method/technique
  • shopping/buying
  • beverage/beverages
  • myth/cooking-myth


  • market/shopping/buying
  • budget-cooking/cost
  • corrections/recipe-problems
  • crudo/sushi
  • historical/history/traditional/authentic
  • home-cooking/homemade? ( home-cooking has one tag about utensils)
  • bacteria/mother-culture/starter
  • conversion/measurement
  • selection/food-selection/ingredients-selection

All suggested synonyms can be viewed here:


  • I suggest any objections should be put in the answers and people should vote for them if they agree with the objection. any without objection could be done after a while
    – Sam Holder
    Aug 2 '10 at 21:49
  • For those not aware there are tools in place for the community to propose and vote on tag synonyms: blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/tag-folksonomy-and-tag-synonyms
    – hobodave
    Aug 2 '10 at 21:53

I have suggested the synonyms noted above. Some were not eligible for suggestion due to the tag not being present. The others I omitted because I do not feel they should be synonyms.

  • great, organizing the list helps
    – Ocaasi
    Aug 2 '10 at 23:35
  • the ineligible ones were just the wrong plural (beverage/beverages). i updated it
    – Ocaasi
    Aug 3 '10 at 1:29

After searching through the meta site for a bit, I'm a little confused as to where a 'low point' user like me can suggest tags that are synonymous. Here seems like the best place (please point me to a better place, if one exists).

While I was tagging a recent post, I noticed [Onion] and [Onions] are both tags, and [Onions] has significantly fewer uses.

Also, because I'm curious by nature, I poked in the tags section and found:

  • [sausage]/[sausages]
  • [apple]/[apples]
  • Thanks ... I'll go fix them ... we had decided to go with the convention of using plurals or collectives for nouns and with the -ing form for verbs. (is that infinitive? I think I've blocked out all of the verb-tense stuff from grammer class)
    – Joe
    Jan 20 '11 at 13:41
  • The technical term is a gerund. (Now I feel like I should be pointing to the grammar board.) :-)
    – Martha F.
    Jan 21 '11 at 19:23

I will definitely do the pluralized ones. I'll cross them out as I go. The rest I'll leave alone for a vote by the community.

  • I don't know if you guys are aware of this, but tag voting is built-in.
    – hobodave
    Aug 2 '10 at 21:50
  • It looks like tag voting became available very recently, or at least the synonym function. I'm still looking to see how it works. We might need a separate post announcing the feature.
    – Ocaasi
    Aug 3 '10 at 1:31
  • Yes, I meant leave it to the community there. Aug 3 '10 at 3:54
  • Merge completed for plurals that were suggested. Aug 3 '10 at 12:23
  • What do you mean, Mike?
    – Ocaasi
    Aug 3 '10 at 20:01
  • I meant that I merged the obvious synonyms, and I left the rest for the community to vote on in the tag synonym admin. Aug 3 '10 at 20:19
  • Ok, thanks. Got it.
    – Ocaasi
    Aug 3 '10 at 21:09
  • Once the community votes to approve a merge, does it happen automatically? I've read the blog post about voting on tags, and I can't tell quite how it will work. Aug 5 '10 at 2:43
  • @JuatRightMenus, 4 votes (or one from a mod) locks in a synonym, -2 deletes it. At that point, after the synonym is created, mods can then perform a merge to auto retag questions with the old tag to the new tag. The synonym creation is automatic, but merging looks like it's mod only at the moment. Aug 5 '10 at 3:09
  • Right now it shows that yoghurt/yogurt and replacement/substitutions need a merge. That means they've already been approved and one of us mods just needs to do the merge, right? Aug 5 '10 at 3:23
  • @JustRightMenus, yes. However, I didn't do the merge because I'm not sure we really want to go through with it. In fact, I'm more tempted to delete that synonym (and the rest I approved and merged) and give it more time till we have more data. Aug 5 '10 at 12:45
  • @Mike Sherov is it impossible to reverse the hierarchy (parent-child) after a synonym is created?
    – Ocaasi
    Aug 7 '10 at 17:26
  • Ocassi, no, but it's very tedious. You have to delete the synonym, manually retag the more than half the questions, suggest the reverse retag, accept it and then merge. That's why it's taking me a while to reverse them. Aug 7 '10 at 21:56
  • @Mike Sherov I'd say that's basically impossible. Why won't SO/SE allow mods to override the master/majority feature to allow for retags in situations where the synonym was accepted through a vote?
    – Ocaasi
    Aug 8 '10 at 23:11

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