The tag is pretty clear:

Questions that concern the use of expressions, parts of speech, words, verbs, etc.

The tag instead is, to me, absolutely obscure:

For differentiating between words, characters, pronunciation, syntax, etc.

I'm not sure how to suggest an edit to this tag wiki either, as I don't fully understand the current description.

Anyway, as of today, the tag has a total of 517 questions, which mainly revolve around, unsurprisingly, differences.

A few examples, from the top search results in this tag:

This is a small sample, but it seems to me that this tag is used in questions that are actually concerned about nuances or word usage.

The tag itself is bit weak. Potentially, almost anything that involves a comparison can be tagged so I'm concerned that it fails at categorizing content on the site in a meaningful way.

Counter argument: I can see how someone might use the tag along with some other keywords in the search bar. From one of the examples above, I might search for [difference] 趁着 and fish up questions that discuss the difference between 趁着 and something else. (What difference that would be is another story).

In conclusion: I think that this tag adds noise, and could be synonymized in favor of . I already proposed the synonym, though I'm not sure I did it right. My proposal is to keep as the primary tag and have as a synonym.

Final disclaimer: I don't feel strongly about the tag synonym, but I do feel strongly about the current tag wiki, which is beyond my comprehension (clarifications are very welcome).

  • I have to disagree with you about the [difference] tag; it's one of my favorite tags. We have two (or more) items [words, characters, pronunciation, syntax, etc.], and are asked to identify the difference [i.e., differentiate]. I however feel the [usage] tag is broad, and its tag wiki is vague ("... concern the use of ..."). – Becky 李蓓 Jul 13 '20 at 1:47
  • @Becky李蓓 I can live with that, but what does the [difference] tag wiki mean? The English wording seems kinda confusing, but I understand now... Maybe I'll suggest an edit – blackgreen Jul 13 '20 at 23:18
  • I just noticed there is a tag [synonyms] which overlaps a lot with [difference]. Hmm... this changes my opinion somewhat. (PS. Your tag wiki edit seems fine to me.) – Becky 李蓓 Jul 14 '20 at 0:33
  • Basically, I feel there should be a tag specifically for questions where the answer explains similarities and difference between words: answers that look like this. There's multiple textbooks dedicated to 近义词. – Becky 李蓓 Jul 14 '20 at 0:47

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