We currently have the tags and but the tag , , and . That's inconsistent. All those are either general concepts which have clearly defined elements like protocols (HTTPS) and standards (802.11x) or are very much countable like the kitchen appliances and sensors.

I'd suggest to make tags like theses plural and make the singular tag a synonym.

Thus, right now to create , and with the singular versions made synonyms.

As Aurora0001 has stated in chat, a good rule of thumb is this:

my rule is this: the tag should satisfy the sentence "this question is about _____"

"this question is about flash memory" is ok

"this question is about microcontroller" - nope

(Emphasis mine)

Since nobody can vote on synonyms yet and the pluralization/hyphenation filters block us from doing this as users, we'll need the help of the mods which is currently the SE team supporting us in private beta.

In the future we should make tags like these plural from the beginning. If we do so, the pluralization filter should prevent the singular tags from being created if I am not mistaken. I do believe it works for hyphenating tags as well.

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I agree with this, primarily because the alternative of singularising tags such as would look totally ungrammatical ( wouldn't mean the same thing!). There seems to be precedent on other Stack Exchange sites such as Community Building and ELU to have primarily plural tags, so we should follow this trend (and keep an eye out for any new tags popping up which don't look quite right!).

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    Exactly, ELU decided to go plural where sensible. meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/72/… Obviously that makes no sense for words that don't have plurals :)
    – Helmar Mod
    Commented Dec 8, 2016 at 9:41
  • @Helmar might be worth mentioning in the question that normal users can't currently suggest an edit to do this (I tried but the pluralisation filter stopped me!), so presumably a moderator is needed to intervene here.
    – Aurora0001
    Commented Dec 8, 2016 at 9:44
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    Good idea. Those filters stopped me twice already, too. We also have no people who actually can vote on synonyms yet. I'll add the information to the question.
    – Helmar Mod
    Commented Dec 8, 2016 at 9:46

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