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Since the answer below was well-received, I updated the tag wiki for seasoning as described below, and the tags will stay separate. Of the two, I definitely favor the second. The first doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me: we'd have to merge salt into seasoning, and then everyone who doesn't equate "seasoning" and "salt" would be confused. So maybe just ...


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Got upvotes and no concerns, so went ahead and went with option 1, editing the tag wiki and retagging the chocolate questions as chocolate-truffles. I'd probably favor option 1, truffles and chocolate-truffles, revising the tag wiki/excerpt for truffles to help people find chocolate-truffles. I definitely don't like option 3; these seem like totally normal ...


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I went ahead and edited the cleaning tag wiki to limit it to equipment things, as there seemed to be sufficient support from the other answers. I also discovered that washing also existed. Half the questions were fruit/vegetable type things, so I removed it from those, then merged washing into cleaning to take care of the rest. I think I've also manually ...


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Alternative proposal 2 This has bugged me for a long time. I recently had yet another problem with a brand new user genuinely misunderstanding the tag (described under Alternative proposal 1)and a title of a new question asked today showed a possible solution. I think we can rename it to nutrients-composition. The change is subtle, but I think it is ...


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I agree. cleaning should refer to cleaning equipment, appliances etc. Cleaning shrimp (for instance) should be tagged shrimp and perhaps preparation, although preparation is a problematic tag too since it is so broad.


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There were only 5 questions with the tag. After the positive reaction here, I deleted the tag from all of them. It will disappear from the system after not having been used for some months.


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From a quick look at the questions with the tag, seasoning has been used for both (not ideal), but seasoning-pans is on plenty of questions too. Seems fair to just maintain that split, write up seasoning as flavoring not pans, and try to retag a bit!


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Looking at the relatively small number of questions tagged with safety I would say the food safety related questions should be retagged to food-safety as the sheer number of questions already tagged with food-safety indicates there is community consensus on how those questions should be tagged. Then I would recommend creating the tag kitchen-safety and ...


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The quickest way to figure out what a tag was intended to be used for is usually to look at the oldest questions using the tag: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/translation?sort=newest (scroll to the bottom) Note that this falls apart when old questions have been re-tagged, but for a tag this rarely used that's easy enough to check for. As ...


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Corned beef is made using a pickling process, but I wouldn't call corned beef a pickle. If you only kept the "pickles" tag, would that apply? It seems to me that the two tags have been used interchangeably, when maybe they should have been applied with more discrimination. I would argue for keeping the two tags, and creating some guidance for applying them ...


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This tag seems useless. Who would search specifically for or follow questions specifically about the differences between two things? I like Aaronut's rule of thumb, If you can't look at a tag and honestly say "somebody's probably written a book about this" then it shouldn't exist as a tag.


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In general, when tags were first introduced, I was attempting to use best practices from the library community on building controlled vocabularies, and so there was an effort to standardize on plural nouns and progressive (-ing) verbs so it was easy tell when we were talking about an ingredient or finished product vs. a process. So if you had questions about ...


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The consistent theme that I see in all of these questions is that most seem to be asking what professionals do in commercial kitchen settings. I can see the argument for how this falls under the category of "dependent tags", but to a degree I think it's useful for questions about specific commercial practices. Our site is about cooking in general, and ...


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I would agree with Jolenealaska's answer in that cleaning should exclusively refer to cleaning one's equipment/tools and work area, and that we should remove the "preparation" part of that tag description. I think we could also include cases such as cleaning one's hands or other body parts as well, such as this capsicum-related question. To address the ...


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Alternative proposal 1 (and background) I recently had this happen (screenshot from deleted answers): This user probably thinks we are a bunch of jerks, or at least that I am a jerk instituting arbitrary rules. And I totally understand why - indeed, after this interaction, it would be very surprising if he thought anything else. And you know what? I ...


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The more I look at these, the less I see them as the same type of question. It looks to me like you're grouping these three together as a specific case, but I think they should be handled differently. To me, the Cape Cod question is clearly overly broad; I read it as largely soliciting recipes for regional foods, with even the "region" being loosely ...


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Unless I'm missing something, replacement and substitutes are already synonyms of substitutions - see its synonyms page. If for example you type replacement in the tag field, substitutions will show up instead (with an "also: replacement" below) and you'll end up with the right tag.


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I thought I might fly the idea here of removing this tag entirely and allowing the specific tag for the food item to do the work. For example, the question "How do you tell when a melon is ripe?" could be simply tagged melon. Should the question be specific to a type of melon, like watermelon, the general tag should still suffice. Similarly, a question ...


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Sable is (AFAIK) a very specific type of shortcrust pastry, so shortcrust should be fine if it doesn't already exist - that's a pretty well-known baking term, at least in North America. On the other hand, low-frequency tags are automatically purged from the system, so it's probably a lot of effort for nothing. Any one of those tags you create will probably ...


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Salt is often used as a preservative, not a spice. Matias style herrings are simply inedible without further processing (either washing them, or adding to some sauce/dish that is not pre-salted, so their saltiness is diluted, while seasoning the dish) - using 'seasoning' in case of preserving foods with salt would be quite counter-intuitive.


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I had proposed ingredient-evaluation in chat which seems to garner some approval. It limits the tag to two words and gives a better idea what the tag is used for.


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I just independently rediscovered this. I renamed safety to kitchen-safety, but without creating a synonym. That'd be awkward for an ambiguous tag like this; obviously some people type "safety" thinking food safety, and others are thinking kitchen safety, so we don't want to always turn it into kitchen-safety. We still need to go through everything now ...


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I think that this type of question is not off topic for the site. If this was a pure replacement of a dictionary service, I would be against it. But note that cooking terms seldom have a 1:1 translation between languages. OK, so probably a fruit has a name in the languages of all countries where it is available. But when you move into cooked goods, the ...


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I'm OK with the rename, although going by past experience (e.g. with the renamed ingredient-selection tag), I'm not sure if it will really have the effect that you intend. Now, maybe "ingredient selection" was just not a good choice, but regardless, we renamed that tag from "ingredients" in the hope that people would stop using it as a generic tag for ...


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