I just noted that the is using british spelling, while all the other similar tags are using american spelling (e.g. . As a community, we should strive for tags using the same spelling forms, so that they have a logical consistency. At the moment I do not have the reputation to edit or retag the relevant questions, but maybe one of the moderators could take a look at this.

  • $\begingroup$ British and American it is. $\endgroup$ Commented May 21, 2014 at 19:48
  • $\begingroup$ If you can put together a list of tags that are British-spelt and what the American-spelt equivalents are I can create some synonyms. $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 14:36
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    $\begingroup$ I've gone ahead and merged & synonymized palaeobotany into paleobotany. $\endgroup$
    – hichris123 Mod
    Commented May 27, 2014 at 2:36
  • $\begingroup$ @casey I will try to do that later when I have the time. Right now, I don't know if there are many of these cases in the created tags. $\endgroup$ Commented May 27, 2014 at 10:46

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This has been discussed on the mother meta before.

The bottom line then, was:

  • posters are free to write in their own dialect of English
  • but tagging should be in American English.

The British-spelt tags can be made synonyms of the American-spelt tags


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