I've already noticed a lot of similar and potentially duplicate tags for the site, and I was wondering when during the site's beta is a good time to start asking for community feedback on merging 2 tags (such as online-interaction and social-media) and also removing of duplicate tags? Can we start discussing these tags now or should we wait a while first as we learn what sort of questions and tags users on the site are likely to ask?
Whenever we like.
Though we should remember a couple of things:
- The CMs are the people who will actually be carrying out any decisions that we make since we don't have moderators at the moment, so having them actually merged/deleted will depend on their time.
- As a new site, we may not see the value of some tags initially, so it can be difficult to determine if, in fact, two tags are duplicates of each other. We can't expect to be perfect from the outset.
So, considering these two things, nothing prevents us from, right now, addressing these questions on Meta. In fact, if we wish to ask the CMs to make such changes for us, they prefer to see Meta consensus before they take such action.
I agree with Catija's answer, but would just like to add. If there's two of same tag - but pluralised, e.g. friend and friends the less popular tag can be edited out and the more popular one edited in.
A tag with no posts attached to it, will be automatically deleted over 24 hours. I'm not sure the exact time the Stack Exchange wheels turn to make that happen.
Caveat. . From the comments:
The system won't let you add a tag that is one letter off of an existing tag until the older tag "dies"... so if the "friend" tag existed and we wanted to use "friends" instead, we'd have to remove "friend" from all of the questions with it (potentially leaving some questions untagged), and wait 24 hours before being able to create the "friends" tag... unless a CM fixes it for us.