It seems to me that we have two "time utility" tags -- and . There are 8 questions in and 209 in .

The time-utility tag had no wiki, so I just now suggested an edit to make it look the same as time's.

I see there have been recent edits to questions that were tagged time that were retagged as time-utility.

What do you think about merging the time and time-utility tags? Is this a situation where tag-synonyms would be helpful?

I'm willing to help clean up, I just wanted to head in the "right" direction.

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is an ambiguous tag. It's used to mean several things, at least:

While some question touch more than one topic (e.g. display a file's timestamp in a certain format), these are all distinct topics that tags would help sort out, so we should get rid of the ambiguous tags and and use more specific tags instead.


Here's one possibility, just to kick things off:

  • Re-tag all 209 'time' questions to 'time-utility' then make time a synonym of time-utility.
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    If this does happen, there's an automated system for it, you don't need to start retagging questions one at a time Mar 7, 2016 at 19:52
  • Uh.. Why would you retag 209 questions instead of 8? O.o Wouldn't it be better to make the vaguer time a synonym of time-utility?
    – muru
    Mar 7, 2016 at 22:37
  • @muru that's the direction I was thinking of, but if there were opinions in the other direction, I didn't want to make extra work. I also didn't know if a tag had to be empty of questions before it could be made a synonym.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Mar 9, 2016 at 1:58
  • A lot of questions currently tagged time (a majority, in fact, by my cursory sampling) are not about the time utility. Mar 9, 2016 at 2:17

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