# Renaming graphical-models tag to graphical-model

I found three sites with the same tag graphical-model(s). They are Data Science, Cross Validated and this site.

The other two sites contain graphical-model, but CS contains graphical-models.

I feel that it would be better to rename it. So that people can find this site easily from searching through tags along with others.

On cs.SE, we have decideded back when to always use the plural. While I'm sure there are exceptions (which can be fixed by creating new tags an link them as synonyms), that has been our convention.

I don't think it's a good idea to selectively adopt conventions from other sites; since they are bound to be different across sites, we'd end up with a(n arguable) mess.

That said, we can of course create singular forms and add them as synonym to the (plural) main tag. Not sure what that does with data explorer queries, though.

FWIW, queries like the one you link can easily be changed to account for variations of tag names. But even then, cross-site searches are of limited use since the same word can mean very different things in different contexts.

• I agree with keeping the plural. But there is some value in aligning tag names between sites. It isn't always the right thing (windows doesn't mean the same thing on Stack Overflow and Home Improvement) but it's good in similar enough contexts. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Nov 13 '18 at 9:49

I've created a synonym , so both names can be used in searches and the tag will be preserved if a question is migrated from another site that uses either spelling.

This doesn't prejudge which name is the main one. Moderators can swap the names.