Can we please merge all of the shabbat tags (or at least make them all synonyms of each other)?

List that I know of so far:


A tag search for "shabbat" (the only way I can think of for somebody to easily get to most of the Shabbat questions) currently shows the following:

If we want to sub-divide questions about Shabbat, this doesn't appear to be an effective way to do it. People will just go to the 341 and miss the 13 and 2 that motivated this question.

What we really need is hierarchical tags, so that we could tag specifically but register them all to also show up under shabbat. I don't know of a way to do that in SE. So I think if we're going to keep the sub-tags like oneg-shabbat that we also need to always tag those questions for findability. The tag wiki for should link to all the others (including ones that don't happen to have "shabbat" in their names, which my search missed), so that people looking for a more-specific needle in that haystack will have some starting points.


Monica Cellio's answer seems to have the support of the community (judging by votes). To summarize it, we should split into multiple tags, link in the tag wikis from the former to each of the latter and vice versa, and (and this is mainly where it differs from msh210's answer) require the tag on any question that has one of the finer tags.

Very well, what split?

I'm making this a community-wiki answer so people can chime in with how the tag should be split. What should the finer tags be? Edit the following at will, and indicate an estimate of how many questions each tag could have. Also indicate if the tag does not yet exist.

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    leil-shabbat has 4 questions, all about the home ritual (3 could be meals and 1 songs). I would remove that one. (And will, but I'm leaving a trail in comments.) Jul 19 '12 at 17:04
  • erev-shabbat doesn't seem especially coherent to me but I'm not yet sure how I would retag those 3 questions. Jul 19 '12 at 17:05
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    eruv-chatzerot and hotzaa-carrying-reshuot are the same topic and should be collapsed into one. I would call it eruv-carrying and make the existing ones synonyms. Jul 19 '12 at 17:07
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    @MonicaCellio re:erev-shabbat There would be more than 3 questions, but I stopped msh210 from retagging them and rather start this discussion. So it might still end up being a valuable category. Someone just has to go count.
    – Double AA Mod
    Jul 19 '12 at 17:31
  • @DoubleAA, thanks. I didn't see the chat discussion until after I'd made these comments. I'll remove my strike-through. Jul 19 '12 at 17:36
  • @All: If you're gonna strike through a tag, rewrite it not using [tag:, because strikethroughs don't show on tags displayed using [tag: (or at least not in some browsers).
    – msh210 Mod
    Jul 19 '12 at 17:38

I don't think we should merge into , because the former has enough questions and enough independent interest (IMO) to keep it as a separate tag. I do think each tag's description should link to the other's.

I'm not expressing in this answer my opinion about .


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