There are at least three tags that refer to databases: , , and . The tag is hardly used, but the other two are both reasonably common.

Should we merge all three of them?

  • $\begingroup$ I'd say databases and dbms are synonyms, but distinct from database-theory. I'd tag a question about relational algebra with the latter, but one about writing/improving a certain SQL query the former (if it's ontopic at all). $\endgroup$
    – Raphael
    Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 5:59
  • $\begingroup$ Can you think of a question appropriate for Computer Science which should be tagged databases rather than database-theory? $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 6:36
  • $\begingroup$ This one. But then, it all comes down to the semantics of "theory" in this term. $\endgroup$
    – Raphael
    Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 14:05
  • $\begingroup$ Fair enough. Though in practice, the tags are probably used interchangeably. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 14:58
  • $\begingroup$ Yup. I've given up years ago to try and ensure reasonable tagging. #shrug# $\endgroup$
    – Raphael
    Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 17:24

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I looked at the questions with , and all of them were about . Since I saw no one disagreeing with this part of the proposal, I went ahead with merging them and making a synonym of

As for vs. , we could merge into without making a synonym. This means that all current questions tagged with will be retagged into , but since the tags are not synonyms, it is still possible to tag a question with without being part of .

However, it seems to me that as a tag, and provide about the same information about the question, and this is reflected in most of the questions in this tag. So I instead suggest to both merge and synonymize into , because this seems to reflects the usage of the tags the best. (maybe the tag description could also be updated...) I can go ahead and perform this merge once I see enough support (i.e. votes or comments) for this decision.


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