As I noted here and here, the DIY.SE electrical folksonomy is in serious need of cleanup. While a couple of the minor tagging errors, such as , are small enough that I can handle the editing myself, we have 109 questions that use . Once again, this tag adds very little value over the tags it is seen with, such as , , and .

So, should we burninate it altogether, or synonymize it with ? Or does it provide value in some context I am not aware of?

  • P.S. as per this query, there are a mere 11 questions that use [wire] as their only tag. (This needs to be taken with a grain of salt though, as there are a few appliance-wiring questions that are tagged [oven] [wire] or equivalent.) Dec 11, 2016 at 15:48
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    I'm surprised there's no proper burninate tag here
    – Machavity
    Dec 13, 2016 at 17:55

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is only a good tag on questions that ask specifically about wire. For example: "Is there a difference between stranded and solid wire?", "What material is the insulation of THHN wire?", etc.

If questions are tagged with the tag, but are not discussing wire. Then that tag should be removed from the post.

  • This is good, but we should also address wiring then as well (having both is confusing). A quick glance through shows that electrical and wiring are often used for the same purpose: "What size wire should I use?" "How do I wire this ceiling fan to be controlled by this switch?" -- perhaps we can drop wiring and use either wire (for questions about wire, specifically) or electrical (for questions about connecting fixtures, circuits, etc)?
    – gregmac
    Dec 21, 2016 at 15:37
  • FYI -- I suggested [wire] as a synonym for [wiring]. Let me know if that's not a workable solution. Jan 8, 2017 at 16:21

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