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In general, most sites that are similar to ours prefer the plural or collective forms of nouns for tags rather than singular... e.g., on cooking, the tags are "doughnuts", "vegetables", "measurements", etc. Exceptions are made when necessary, generally when meaning is changed or when the singular is also a collective term, e.g. "chicken", "beef", "steak", etc.

I strongly encourage this practice, personally... if we want to have a discussion about it, we can create a topic but I think there's sufficient precedence to not need one... regardless...

Unfortunately, there's also a lovely (not sarcastic) system in place that prevents users from creating plural versions of existing tags... even if the goal is to delete the singular version of the tag simultaneously.

If a tag is created in its singular form in error (like the is currently), will we need to come here to request the CMs intervention in every case (until we get mods) or is it possible to temporarily remove the plural tag restriction so that we can do it ourselves?

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  • Yes! I hate singular forms for tags! All tags should be plural form where appropriate in my opinion
    – Zizouz212
    Apr 27, 2016 at 22:13
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    So why did you create one? ;)
    – Catija
    Apr 27, 2016 at 22:16
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    For [pencil]? It wouldn't let me. I tried creating pencils, but then it stopped me. In fact, I was going to come to meta and complain when I found the nerve to :)
    – Zizouz212
    Apr 27, 2016 at 22:16
  • Oh, gotcha! I didn't realize that it existed before you asked your question. I didn't look at the question count... wait... it didn't exist... now I'm confused. Where's Robert when you need him.
    – Catija
    Apr 27, 2016 at 22:18
  • Allowing plural + single tags is not a great solution. It only exasperates the problem when users start using both tags. There's no guarantee that the plural tag is only "temporary". The best way to handle this is to rename the existing flag; not to create another one. Apr 27, 2016 at 22:53
  • @RobertCartaino I don't think we're proposing having two tags, but we want the names of the tags to be in plural form. Sadly, we can't change this because the one tag exists
    – Zizouz212
    Apr 27, 2016 at 22:54
  • @RobertCartaino So can you at least fix the pencil tag and explain why Ziz wasn't able to create the plural in the first place?
    – Catija
    Apr 27, 2016 at 22:54
  • @Zizouz212 I had just fixed it before posting this. Apr 27, 2016 at 22:55
  • So, this is technically half "completed" and half "declined" :P Is asking here the best solution for if this happens again?
    – Catija
    Apr 27, 2016 at 22:56
  • You can flag a post if the problem is obvious ("Can you rename this tag to pencils?") or you can ask a question in meta if the issue might need more discussion. Apr 27, 2016 at 22:58
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    Use pencilz, it even makes you look cooler.
    – Keelan
    Apr 28, 2016 at 14:18

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