An input method (or input method editor, commonly abbreviated IME) is an operating system component or program that allows any data, such as keyboard strokes or mouse movements, to be received as input.
The above quote is to back up your proposal. As for which one to keep, I vote for keeping input-methods and synonymize ime as I suspect the ...
My opinion: Yes, tags really need to be streamlined! However, users are not going to naturally think of the word "tech" when they're asking questions about IME, fonts, etc.
If a question is poorly tagged, there are often additional issues like poor titles, spelling and grammar errors, or it being off-topic yet not (yet) closed. So they're often ...
I proposed a tag synonym to make classifiers (25 Q's) a synonym of measure-word (41 Q's). My impression is that "measure word" is a more familiar term.
*** This needs votes here *** or nothing will happen. It's a useful synonym.
The questions tagged classifiers are:
[update 15 July 2020] Purpose of the reduplication in 一步一步地往上爬
Nouns that don...
Vote for merge.
The usage info for classifiers says:
Classifier, or Measure Word, is a word or morpheme used along with numbers and countable nouns to denote the quantity of a given object, represented by a noun.
which suggesting that they are the same.
Also the wikipedia page for mesure word has such an introduction:
This article is about measure ...
This seems like a suitable change to me. Done: merge/synonymized regional-variation -> topolect.
Noun. topolect (plural topolects) (linguistics, sociolinguistics) The speech form, variety (lect) of a particular place or region. Synonyms: geolect, regiolect, regionalect. (linguistics) A regional variety of Chinese; especially a lect other than Standard ...
For structure, I edited many of these manually. The structure was sometimes used for other things, like complement, or even just used seemingly at random.
After checking, I merged the remaining structure questions into sentence-structure. I don't intend to create a synonym, as other aspects of Chinese also have structure (e.g. paragraph structure, ...
I went ahead and did it: there's now only the spoken tag. I don't think this is remotely controversial. Off the top of my head, I created the excerpt
For questions about spoken Chinese (aka "oral Chinese" or "verbal Chinese"); consider also the [pronunciation] tag.
But please edit this if you can improve it or think of a better one.
Done. I kept input-methods as per blackgreen's answer, but it can be easily changed if desired. I added an off-the-top-of-my-head tag wiki (feel free to improve this):
For questions about Chinese input methods, Pinyin, Bopomofo, Cangjie, etc., or just drawing characters by hand.
For the record these were the questions prior to merge. I'm fairly sure ...
There, I did it.
It's a tiny, easily reversible change [and it seems rather obvious to me], so I don't think there's any point dilly dallying on this.
(If anyone thinks this is a mistake, let me know please.)
I also edited the tag wiki to make it more succinct, and changed the example to show separation:
Separable verbs (or: verb-object compounds) are ...
Okay, I merged them, and changed the tag wiki (feel free to edit this to something better):
For questions about measure words and classifiers (量词), e.g., 个, 双, 张
I'm confident that few people (if anyone) will object to me merging these tags. I feel it's clear from the examples that they're used interchangeably. However, I don't know for sure whether to ...