Looking at the and tags, it is hard to tell which questions fall into the tag, without also falling into the tag. What questions would fall into , but not ? If there are none, should we merge the two tags and synonymise them?

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The tag was only used on one question, which I've now retagged , thus essentially accomplishing a merge. There's no point in synonymising these two tags, since typing history into the tag box will autocomplete to anyway.

How about instead?

This tag will show up in autocomplete for either history or history-of, and it has a clearer name to avoid confusion with . We need to be careful with "history", since it could refer either to history of literature (themes, ideas, etc.) or to history of the real world outside of literature as it relates to literary works. Using and separately would solve this issue.

EDIT: I've now edited all the questions to and made a new tag wiki.

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    But, doesn't history make more sense than history-of?
    – Benjamin
    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:25
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    History sound and looks better then history-of Feb 9, 2017 at 11:28
  • @Benjamin I agree history-of sounds a bit odd. How about history-of-literature instead? Calling the tag just history would lead to confusion with the historical-context tag, and typing history-of wouldn't autocomplete to that.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:36
  • @Randal'Thor That makes some sense. Could I post it in a separate answer?
    – Benjamin
    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:37
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    @Randal'Thor We use [history-of-gaming] on Role-playing Games to positive results. It's been quite unambiguous for us. Feb 9, 2017 at 11:40
  • @Randal'Thor I really don't mind that Feb 9, 2017 at 11:41
  • @Benjamin Edited my answer.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:41
  • How long should we wait for consensus?
    – Benjamin
    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:42
  • @doppelgreener Excellent, thanks for the info!
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:42
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    @Benjamin The easiest way to achieve this would be by a mod-merge of history-of into history-of-literature. We could also retag by hand, since it's only five questions, but let's give it a couple of days first in case someone comes up with something else.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:43
  • @Benjamin either couple of days or humongous vote response. Feb 9, 2017 at 11:44
  • history of literature makes it sounds you asking about the history of all of literature, rather than the "history" of certain work, trope, concept, etc. I think it should remain "history of"
    – Skooba
    Feb 10, 2017 at 16:52
  • @Skooba The history of a certain work, trope, concept, etc. is part of the history of literature.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Feb 10, 2017 at 22:03

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