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New year, new tag management thread.

Rules of the game are basically the same:

  • Post your suggestion as an answer here if you see
    • A particularly bad tag (a rule of thumb: “if I can't imagine a person classifying a tag as either interesting or ignored, I'm getting rid of it”),
    • A tag that should be a synonym of an existing one,
    • A tag that used for two or more completely unrelated things,
    • A need to create a new tag.
  • Upvote/downvote/comment as your agree/disagree with suggestions, so please post different suggestions in separate answers.
  • Wait a couple of days before implementing a suggestion.
  • After the problem described in an answer is resolved, please edit it to say so.
  • If your tag suggestion exists in a separate question, please provide a link to the question in your suggestion.

See also:

Also, note that one may use [tag:calculus] for , i.e. tags on the main site, and [meta-tag:discussion] for , i.e. for tags on the meta site.

Note that, in some cases, it might be better to have a separate question. Typically this happens when a longer discussion is needed and several possible answers are expected, since answers to a question provide more space for a more detailed discussion than comments under an answer in this thread.

Previous tag management threads:

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    $\begingroup$ I will just mention that the list in the question will show a pending synonym only to users with sufficient score to vote for (or against) the synonym. Still, one can get list of all pending synonyms from SEDE: main, meta. (Keeping in mind that the database is only updated once a week.) $\endgroup$ Jan 20, 2023 at 16:20
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    $\begingroup$ @TymaGaidash Suggestions for tag management should be posted as answers to this question, so that they can be voted upon by the community. (Comments cannot be downvoted; only upvoted). $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Aug 22, 2023 at 13:46

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Proposal: Delete tag .

This is a useless tag. It is only on two questions and is reminiscent of the old 'homework' tag.

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    $\begingroup$ Actually, the tags called (math-school) and (school-math) have been created and removed a few times already. $\endgroup$ Jan 31, 2023 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ I edited it off those questions. It should be gone soon. $\endgroup$
    – mathlander
    Feb 1, 2023 at 2:09
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I propose the tag Fractional-differential-equations (FDE). They are increasingly becoming important. To give a flavor of its importance I'm including an article in which the Covid pandemic was studied with FDE: Application of piecewise fractional differential equation to COVID-19 infection dynamics - 2022 - Xiao-Ping Li et.al.

The tags ordinary-differential equation, and partial-differential-equation already exist. Some fractional calculus questions do not deal with fractional differential equations, while other questions do, therefore showing the difference is important. Second, I had to tag my question Fractional Bernoulli equation and logistic function with the incorrect tag ordinary-differential-equation, to explain that the question dealt with differential equations; but the tag I added is misleading if one is searching for the subject of fractional differential equations and excludes questions dealing with ordinary differential equations.

Suggestion for Tag excerpt is: Everything involving fractional calculus (FC) differential equations: in practical application of FC differential equations; in pure mathematics; numerical methods for the resolution of FDE; dynamical systems; fractional partial differential equations; FDE of distributed order; boundary value problems for FDE; techniques for studying FDE; in a variety of subjects ranging from mathematical physics to probability theory.

Perhaps my suggestion could be split in two, using the extensive enumeration of problems for the wiki.

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  • $\begingroup$ What's next? I can't create it myself. $\endgroup$
    – gciriani
    Mar 20, 2023 at 21:35
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    $\begingroup$ Right, that privilege requires 1000 reputation. I've taken up your request in the tagging chatroom. There are already forty posts that combine fractional-calculus and ordinary-differential-equations tags, so I'm inclined to accept that a critical mass of material can benefit from your new tag. I'll keep you informed. $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Mar 21, 2023 at 0:24
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    $\begingroup$ If creation of this tag is considered, do you have a suggestion what the tag-excerpt and the tag-wiki should look like. (If you do have some suggestion, you could include it in your answer - or at least edit them after the tag is created.) BTW here is a link to a few related comment in the tagging chatroom. $\endgroup$ Mar 25, 2023 at 6:59
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak, I've edited the answer to include excerpt and wiki suggestions, yesterday. How long does the process of adding a new tag take? How do I find out? Or do I have to try editing each day my post to see if the tag is available? $\endgroup$
    – gciriani
    Mar 29, 2023 at 16:45
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    $\begingroup$ The tag fractional-differential-equations has been created, using your suggested text for the tag excerpt. I also wrote up a tag wikia with some links to definitions, etc. It seems to me that the new tag should not exclude tags for ordinary differential equations or partial differential equations, since fractional derivatives may arise in either univariate or multivariate contexts (and my wikia text reflects that). $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Apr 2, 2023 at 3:44
  • $\begingroup$ @hardmath, you're right, re ODE and PDE. Thanks for letting me know. $\endgroup$
    – gciriani
    Apr 5, 2023 at 16:46
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Proposal: Either delete and blacklist the tag or make it a synonym of

It seems that the tag is used for (1) derivatives or (2) accidentally while trying to type a longer tag such as or or (3) "infinitesimal" differentials. The tag wiki is about multivariate derivatives. This tag was already a problem in 2015. There are 1500+ questions with the tag and 150+ questions of those have no other tags. Another 64, as of now, are tagged with and which probably also need to be retagged.

After going through the oldest 125 questions, the situation seems to be worse than I thought. About 3/4 should be split about half-and-half between differential-equations (mostly ordinary but some partial) and derivatives. The would probably not be completely misplaced on many of the differential equations questions, especially since almost all of them are properly tagged with or , but it also doesn't seem super relevant. Most of the other 1/4 also could take but are probably better suited to , or .

Around 10% of the 125 questions I went through are actually about possible definitions of differentials, line elements etc. I do think it makes sense to tag these with but maybe some version of the tag is worth keeping around. @MJD suggested for a rename.

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  • $\begingroup$ Oldest was more convenient than sampling randomly, and obvious caveats: (1) I had to use my subjective judgment (2) no clue how well these proportions approximate those for all 1500+ questions. $\endgroup$
    – ronno
    Apr 16, 2023 at 19:17
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    $\begingroup$ What if differential were renamed to differentials? $\endgroup$
    – MJD
    Apr 20, 2023 at 22:44
  • $\begingroup$ @MJD I like that as the tag for questions about differentials. But only renaming won't solve the "differential geometry" problem. $\endgroup$
    – ronno
    Apr 21, 2023 at 5:36
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    $\begingroup$ I agree it doesn't solve all problems. But it solves some. And I think we do need a tag for it, because it is a topic that comes up regularly. $\endgroup$
    – MJD
    Apr 21, 2023 at 13:33
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    $\begingroup$ Surveying questions with the tag is necessarily going to be biased against questions where the tag is appropriate. That methodology ignores all the questions that should have the tag but don't. For example, math.stackexchange.com/questions/200393/… and most of the 52 (!!) questions linked to it should have the differentials tag. But only two of them do have this tag. $\endgroup$
    – MJD
    Apr 25, 2023 at 17:11
  • $\begingroup$ @MJD That's a very good point. But that exhibits an even greater discrepancy between how the tag is used and how it's "meant to be" used. Maybe if we rename it to "differentials", we can also mention it in the infinitesimals wiki? $\endgroup$
    – ronno
    Apr 25, 2023 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know what I think is the best thing to do here. I'm skeptical that anyone reads tag wikis. $\endgroup$
    – MJD
    Apr 25, 2023 at 19:10
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Proposal: Add tag witt-vectors.

There are quite a few existing questions about Witt vectors, and most of them are tagged with some combination of , , , , , and so on. Witt vectors are a rather specific construction, so I don't feel that any of these generic tags really does these questions justice.

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I propose that or .

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    $\begingroup$ I like "coercive-functions"; that's the first tag I'd try searching for if I were posting a related question. When I taught this material a few years ago, I'm pretty sure the word "coercivity" never came out of my mouth. $\endgroup$ May 7, 2023 at 21:59
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Proposal: Make a synonym $\to$ .

Both tags are about the same topic, namely functions of the form $f(z)=\frac{az+b}{cz+d}$ with $a, b, c, d \in \Bbb C$.

has

  • a more detailed tag info,
  • more questions in total (817 vs 47)
  • more questions this year (78 vs 11)

therefore it should be the synonym target.

Update: The tag synonym has been approved by a moderator and is now active.

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Proposal: Delete . I just created this tag but Elliot Yu pointed out rightly in a comment here that it is ambiguous. To solve this, I just created the better tag , which is unambiguous. Because of the existence of the latter, the former doesn't serve any purpose anymore.

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The tag is quite misleading, and that's why we have seen a lot of questions end with "Is my solution correct?"

We have also seen this type of question come out to be an exact duplicate of some other post. 

Verification of an open-ended question is a threat to the site's policy and shouldn't be encouraged. So I think it's now time to discuss the tag .

My recommendation is to replace the tag by a better one that emphasises the meaning of the tag in a better way, and that forces OP to think about the end line as "is the $\underline{}$ step correct?" or "have I applied the result, theorem, or lemma in the $\underline{}$ step correctly?" To expect more specificity, we should make our tag more specific. 

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  • $\begingroup$ I have also use it when my question got an answer I don't fully understand, so I asked other users to validate it through their upvotes using that tag. I think is useful in both ways (this one and the way you mentioned). $\endgroup$
    – Joako
    Jul 16, 2023 at 4:32
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Hoare logic is a well-defined topic in the study of computer program semantics.

There is considerable overlap here, but I didn't look closely.

I think it would be worth my time to create a tag and put it on these posts, but I want to make sure there is not some other suitable tag already, and that others don't think it is a bad idea.

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Proposal: Make a synonym , as has been done already with .

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  • $\begingroup$ Is it a synonym, though? $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2023 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ No, it's actually a subtopic, just as finite-automata is a subtopic of automata. But it's a small enough subtopic that it doesn't need its own tag, and should be handled with the site's synonym feature. $\endgroup$
    – MJD
    Dec 15, 2023 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ Is it a subtopic? When I think of finite automata, I think of strings and languages. When I think of FSMs, I think of coffee machines. $\endgroup$ Dec 15, 2023 at 19:20
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    $\begingroup$ I see what you mean, but the use of the tag on the main site is nearly always in connection with automata and formal languages, even counting out the 25 questions that are also tagged with automata. $\endgroup$
    – MJD
    Dec 15, 2023 at 19:48
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Proposal: Make a synonym of . All problems about this are sure to be about expected value or probability.

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  • $\begingroup$ I created a tag synonym proposal for this. $\endgroup$
    – mathlander
    Feb 1, 2023 at 6:11
  • $\begingroup$ Why did people downvote the tag-synonym? $\endgroup$
    – mathlander
    Feb 1, 2023 at 16:01
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    $\begingroup$ If a question about dice is about probability, it should tagged probability. Dice is just a funny unnecessary additional tag, like Cards or Coins. I think there is nothing wrong in it given it is not used instead of probability. $\endgroup$
    – kludg
    Feb 6, 2023 at 10:12
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    $\begingroup$ There are some 100K questions with the tag probability. Why not use dice to narrow things down? Moreover, have you tried searching for [combinatorial-game-theory] dice? $\endgroup$ May 5, 2023 at 14:28
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Proposal: Add tag dual-numbers.

Although the dual numbers are a well-known hypercomplex number system, there is no tag for the dual numbers in SE (e.g. for this Question). As far as I've seen so far, there are no synonyms for dual numbers too.

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    $\begingroup$ Probably it is worth pointing out that the tag (dual-numbers) was created and removed a few times in the past. I was able to find four questions, they are listed in the tagging chatroom. (I think that the most recent one was precisely the question you linked.) $\endgroup$ Feb 1, 2023 at 17:02
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Proposal: Make a synonym of . All problems about this are sure to be about expected value or probability.

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    $\begingroup$ Some older posts related to the tag (birthday): The birthday tag and Tag merging and synonyms. $\endgroup$ Feb 1, 2023 at 5:58
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak I created a tag synonym proposal for this. $\endgroup$
    – mathlander
    Feb 1, 2023 at 6:11
  • $\begingroup$ I see, maybe you should include a link to the list of proposed synonyms for problability. In the list of all tag synonyms on can see that it was proposed in December 2022. The same information can be obtained from SEDE. $\endgroup$ Feb 1, 2023 at 6:58
  • $\begingroup$ @mathlander, did you see the "Wait a couple of days before implementing a suggestion" in the rules? $\endgroup$ Feb 1, 2023 at 9:00
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    $\begingroup$ @PeterPhipps As far as I can tell, the OP suggested the synonym already on December 2 - about two months before this post. It seems that in the meantime, the suggestion was downvoted to $-2$ and removed. (But it was there today - and it is still shown in SEDE.) $\endgroup$ Feb 1, 2023 at 11:15
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    $\begingroup$ Again, I think this is unwise. There are 100K questions with the tag probability. Making questions harder to find via synonymization is regress, not progress. $\endgroup$ May 6, 2023 at 12:32
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Given the existence of the tag , I propose that the tag be created.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think it should be one or the other but not both. Any NP-completeness result necessarily includes a proof of NP-hardess. Nobody looking for NP-hardness results is going to be please that their search results omit posts that happen to be tagged np-complete. $\endgroup$
    – MJD
    Jul 13, 2023 at 17:35
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Since searching for sinc yields nearly $1500$ results, I propose that the tag be created for the cardinal sine function

$$ \operatorname{sinc} (x) := \frac{\sin (x)}{x} $$

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    $\begingroup$ I think the name “cardinal sine” is not well-known. Why wouldn't the tag be sinc? $\endgroup$
    – MJD
    Jul 13, 2023 at 17:38
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    $\begingroup$ @MJD I do not object to sinc. When I learned signal processing, the professors called it cardinal sine. There is also the raised cosine $\endgroup$ Jul 13, 2023 at 17:43
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    $\begingroup$ sinc is probably better known, but indeed I too learned about the cardinal sine in signal processing. And it's what the "c" of sinc means. I tend to prefer cardinal-sine as it's more explicit. $\endgroup$ Jul 14, 2023 at 13:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Jean-ClaudeArbaut I am tempted to conclude that Angloids use "sinc" and Latinoids use "cardinal sine" $\endgroup$ Jul 14, 2023 at 13:40
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    $\begingroup$ I have studied electric engineering in Latam, and I have used the sinc function a lot, and this is the first time I saw it named "cardinal sine" (I guess here teachers come from an English background, due their postgraduate schools are typically from USA or England). $\endgroup$
    – Joako
    Jul 16, 2023 at 16:35
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Since the tag deals mainly with analytical ones, I would like to propose some tag or synonyms for grouping questions related to smooth bump functions which are non-analytical real-valued smooth functions of compact support interesting enough just by themselves on how to built them (are plenty of related questions), but also their relation to as examples of test functions, also its relation with Mollifiers used to built , are related also as examples of functions in the , or used to make Partition of unity on ... as also their relation with completeley unrelated topics like how the example of the Rvachëv function solves the $r'(x)=2\ r(2x+1)-2\ r(2x-1)$.

As could you see no existent tag fully relates to them but only on their possible individual applications, thats why I think a tag for "Mollifers" or "Test Functions" or "Smooth Bump Functions" having the others as synonyms could be helpfull. As example, if I search on MSE about "bump functions" it shows about 1720 questions which tags are quite unrelated with the main topic they are asking for: characteristics of these non-analytic smooth functions with compact support.

Or at least, introduce this synonyms in the tag in order to carry "viewers" that could answer these related questions.

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    $\begingroup$ Huh? What makes you think that the smooth-functions tag is mainly about analytic functions? Looking over the questions that use the tag almost all of them are about smooth functions that are not necessarily analytic. $\endgroup$ Jul 16, 2023 at 13:17
  • $\begingroup$ @EricWofsey I have made recently a few really basic questions about basic examples of bump functions without getting answers, as example. $\endgroup$
    – Joako
    Jul 16, 2023 at 15:23
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    $\begingroup$ @EricWofsey by the way, knowing the politics for tags are restrictive, I aim to ask for introducing the mentioned terms as synonyms in the tag smooth-functions. I don't have enough reputation to do it by myself (by far). $\endgroup$
    – Joako
    Jul 16, 2023 at 16:29
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Add tag

Zonogons are polygons that have pairs of parallel sides with the same length. There are several examples where this might be used, like 2D different integer valued vertices coordinates of cube projection, Orthogonal Projection Area of a 3D Cuboid, Finding the dimensions of a box (cuboid) given a hexagon filled in to look like the box, Why are parallelograms defined as quadrilaterals? What term would encompass polygons with greater than two parallel pairs? and there is even one about them on Mathematica.stackexchange: How to create a random zonogon?

Considering how specific these shapes are and how common they appear, could we have a tag for them? I intend to ask more questions about them in the future as well.

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Proposal: add tag monotonicity

I often encounter problems that require proving or finding the conditions for a function or sequence to be increasing, decreasing, or monotonic. For example, I recently asked this question about proving that a function is strictly decreasing for $x>2$.

However, when I want to tag these questions, I am not sure what tag to use. The closest tag I found is , and I didn't find a tag specifically for proving monotonicity, and I realised that there are many question on this site that deal with monotonicity for functions and sequences .

has two problems: the first is it doesn’t include questions about proving sequences to be monotone and the second one is that the description is too vague and broad. When I ask a question that is only concerned with monotonicity, this tag doesn’t seem to be what I want.

I think there should be a tag for this, because there are many questions related to it. There is already a tag for , which is a related topic, so why not a tag for monotonicity?

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    $\begingroup$ The goal of tags is to help classify posts so that they can be more easily found. My prediction is that a monotonicity tag is going to cause confusion: monotonic functions are a subject of study in introductory mathematics classes (particularly calculus and analysis), and the users who ask questions about monotonic functions tend not to be the most sophisticated, and often won't understand the distinction between a monotonic-functions tag and a monotonicity tag. Thus my guess is that these users will treat these tags equivalently. $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Jan 3 at 16:02
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    $\begingroup$ Moreover, a monotone sequence is a function---every sequence is a function. So the monotone-functions tag does include such sequences. And, addressing your second complaint, if you believe that the tag wiki is unclear, suggest an edit. $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Jan 3 at 16:03
  • $\begingroup$ @XanderHenderson I don't really understand how is the tag wiki of monotonic-functions helpful it is the definition of monotonic functions and I didn't find that very helpful any other tag wiki like calculus for example describe what type of questions to tag them with this tag not the definition of the subject $\endgroup$
    – pie
    Jan 3 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ @XanderHenderson one suggestion is Questions about proving or finding the conditions for a function to be increasing, decreasing, or monotonic. This tag may also include questions about applications or consequences of monotonicity, such as convergence, optimization, or inequalities. $\endgroup$
    – pie
    Jan 3 at 16:12
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    $\begingroup$ I believe that, with 2k+ XP on this site, you have more than enough reputation to suggest edits to the tag wiki yourself. $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Jan 3 at 16:13
  • $\begingroup$ @XanderHenderson I edited the tag but I have a suggestion to replace the name of monotonic-functions by monotonicity if possible ,what do you think ? $\endgroup$
    – pie
    Jan 3 at 19:23
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    $\begingroup$ I have listed some past tags related to monotone sequences in the tagging chatroom. As you can see, in all instances such tags have been removed relatively quickly. $\endgroup$ Jan 5 at 10:40
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I think that at least 1 new tag for questions based on Bourbaki's math' treatises is needed, especially for their measure theory which is practically another subject than what is found under that title elsewhere. This is not always a problem, but it can be, due to different definitions - one can often "identify" corresponding concepts, but this may be invalid in some cases.

Too bad that there are still so many anti-bourbaki-ists among mathematicians. I myself am not a Bourbaki fanatic but appreciate much of their publications (Bourbaki is not an individual but a name for a group of mathematicians with variable membership, they publish in French) - not being a fanatic I sometimes want to study math' literature based on foundations possibly conflicting with Bourbaki's, and then I may have problems to "integrate" such literature with what I learned from Bourbaki. This is especially the case with measure theory which is never a simple thing. That's why it happens that if one of my questions gets attention, I can receive answers / comments not fitting my needs and when I indicate that I am using other definitions, the potential answerers lack the needing bases, so I get no usable answer. While on the other hand people with a Bourbaki background - if there are at all some using this site ... despite the language barrier which might also play a role - will not look into my questions if they have no reason to think I might have a compatible background.

Without a corresponding tag I have to mention this background in the title of such questions. I have already edited the title of one of them (call it X) - for which I eventually found and published myself an answer. In my opinion this justifies the creation of Bourbaki-related tags, especially one like [Bourbaki-measure-theory] ... I cannot do this myself, not having yet the priviledge needed. The already mentioned Q&A item X could be used to create the new tag. If my idea gets a priori approval I'll produce content for the description of the tag.

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  • $\begingroup$ My proposal has been immediately been down-voted. Is this a rational reaction or one based on hate of Bourbaki? $\endgroup$ Feb 8, 2023 at 0:21
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    $\begingroup$ Can you expand on why mentioning this in the title is insufficient? Titles are generally more widely read than the tags, and being clear about the setup for problems here at MSE is something that we already encourage quite a lot. $\endgroup$
    – KReiser
    Feb 8, 2023 at 2:15
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    $\begingroup$ The tag (bourbaki) was created and removed in the past, I have posted some statistics in the Tagging chatroom. There is a related post in an older tag management thread. (And there was a separate question today - now deleted: I want at least one new tag for questions specific to Bourbaki's math' treatises, especially measure theory.) $\endgroup$ Feb 8, 2023 at 5:04
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak the target of the last links (a now deleted question) was mine. After receiving a duplicate mention and realizing that I was supposed to enter my proposal here (and doing this) I deleted that myself. From another of your links, I found written: "The tag [bourbaki] is entirely useless. It gives nothing that searching "Bourbaki" doesn't already do". How is such a search done? Is it only finding Bourbaki when mentioned in a title? And who might do that? IMHO the same argument might apply to all tags ... so why tags at all? (continued) $\endgroup$ Feb 8, 2023 at 14:52
  • $\begingroup$ I take the opportunity to mention that I did not find how to search for 2+ tags at the same time (combined with AND) Is this possible, if yes, how is it done? Same question for a tag and a non-tag word $\endgroup$ Feb 8, 2023 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ @KReiser I will not answer your question for the moment, because I logically wait for answers to the two comments I just made $\endgroup$ Feb 8, 2023 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ @UlysseKeller The basics of searching are unrelated to the discussion here - in order to avoid a long discussion unrelated to this topic, I posted some examples of possible searches in chat. $\endgroup$ Feb 8, 2023 at 15:00
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    $\begingroup$ "My proposal has been immediately been down-voted. Is this a rational reaction or one based on hate of Bourbaki?" Votes on meta work differently. An upvote means "I agree with this suggestion," while a downvote means "I disagree with this suggestion". Downvotes on meta have no effect on reputation. There is no reason to read "hate" into these votes. $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Feb 9, 2023 at 17:42
  • $\begingroup$ @KReiser My little question to Martin a few comments above got no answer yet. I mean this: IMHO the same argument might apply to all tags ... so why tags at all? Once this is answered, I will be able to form a new opinion on your Q. Can you expand on why mentioning this in the title is insufficient? (or not - depending on that answer) $\endgroup$ Feb 9, 2023 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ @XanderHenderson I clearly said "hate of Bourbaki" not of my person. Don't identify me with B. $\endgroup$ Feb 9, 2023 at 18:03
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    $\begingroup$ There are issues of scale here. It's good to separate analysis and algebra by tag: they are large, distinct areas of math where many people will want to look at one instead of the other. Sometimes, as the resolution increases, this can be a more interesting ask - do we need to separate questions on Dummit and Foote's algebra text versus Fraleigh's algebra text? Probably not. Where does your request fall on this continuum and why? $\endgroup$
    – KReiser
    Feb 9, 2023 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ @KReiser May-be a Bourbaki tag is really useless for nearly every situation where Bourbaki plays a role. BUT the case of measure theory is special: Bourbaki's and the classical MTs are like two different theories because at the start they differ wildly and much has to be done until what comes later is more or less the same. At the base the terminologies are not compatible; this problem ends only once the theories allow identifications (an abuse of language normally accepted because it simplifies things). But here things are not even 1 to 1 (continued) $\endgroup$ Feb 9, 2023 at 21:23
  • $\begingroup$ (my last comment cont.) Bourbaki-style measures on a given l. c. space build a vector space. The difference of two positive measures in (say) Halmos may not exist. You can't even say that for $\mu$ = the Lebesgue measure on the real line, then $\mu - \mu = 0$ ... because this difference is undefined due to the essentially undefined charachter of oo - oo. And some Bourbaki-style non >=0 or complex measures have no counterpart in Halmos-style. This could be solved by some changes on the Halmos side, but this might be even more complicated than I first thought due to a detail I found @ Halmos $\endgroup$ Feb 9, 2023 at 21:46
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    $\begingroup$ @UlysseKeller I do not think that you should read any hate into the downvotes, either for yourself, or for Bourbaki. That simply isn't what votes here mean. $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Feb 16, 2023 at 17:29
  • $\begingroup$ The problem ImhO are other people knowing Bourbaki - espec. their measure theory (MT) - who'd look here for answers & give answers ONLY IF they know that Bourbaki MT is ALSO a theme here (I think esp. about French lang. people with sufficient English-knowledge) ... the any way little chances would be better if they see a tag like say [Bourbaki-measure] ... after what has already been discussed here I don't imagine getting a general Bourbaki tag but only 1 for MT, for which it is like ANOTHER SUBJECT altogether (not the name B. is what matters but the special subject best described by using it) $\endgroup$ Feb 21, 2023 at 9:50

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