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Currently, we have , , and on the main site, with 17, 3, and 1 questions, respectively. We've also had other history tags at times, such as on this question, which is now tagged (somewhat incorrectly) as . In principle, we could also get , , , and presumably others.

Is there a benefit to having separate tags for these? I can see why and would require somewhat different knowledge to answer in, but in the case of history I think the same people would tend to be experts on both, and there's little benefit to splitting them up.

As such, I propose merging these three tags into one tag which covers all questions about history within the context of anime and manga. and could be made synonyms of this so that newcomers have an easier time finding this tag.

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I agree, and looks like the community agrees on it too. If no objection is raised in say, 2 days, I'll merge the tags and update here.

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    I personally think there is no harm in leaving them alone. Tag merging can be done quickly, while it is harder to separate them out. How about leaving them alone for a while, to see how bad it becomes? – nhahtdh May 24 '13 at 8:31
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    @nhahtdh: Post it as an answer on this question, explain why you think it should be left alone. – Madara's Ghost May 24 '13 at 11:39
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I think it might be good for browsing/searching. Since and are banned, I imagine these multiple history tags would add another level to the categorization. However, I am not sure whether it is useful in long term.

I don't think there is any harm leaving it there for a while. Tag merging can be done quickly, but it is harder to separate them out later. For favorite (following) purpose, people can use *history to follow all history tags.

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  • We've had these split for a while already. Has this actually been helpful? I personally haven't found any use for it, and there's no one following either of the two less-common tags so it's hard to believe that anyone else has. If there's evidence that it's helping someone, then it might be worth keeping them separate, but I don't see any such evidence. – Logan M May 25 '13 at 2:04
  • @LoganM: The number of follows is somewhat proportional to the number of questions. Less common tags are less likely to be followed. I would imagine that these specific tags adds another level to the categorization (since anime and manga tags are banned). – nhahtdh May 25 '13 at 5:11

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