There are currently 58 search results for "Columbia" on space.se (although a few are unrelated to the orbiter), and a large amount of them refer to the Columbia disaster, on mission STS-107.

There are also a few questions centered on the Columbia orbiter only, and not the disaster or the rest of the Space Shuttle program.

Now, there is a tag. It is assigned to two questions.
There is also as a tag, with only one question (that also has )

Is a mass retagging needed for Columbia? Or should and be removed instead, because optionally coupled with is enough?

I personally believe having both and is redundant and just suffices, as any question on STS-107 would probably have too.

  • $\begingroup$ I disagree vehemently! See my answer. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Aug 31 '20 at 18:36

New suggestion:

  1. Rename to , to allow space for a if needed.

  2. Make a synonym of .

  3. Merge into without synonymizing, just to get rid of the tag. If we find that the tag keeps getting recreated, we can revisit making it a synonym.

  • $\begingroup$ I like this. I wonder if shuttle-columbia would be better in case later shuttle-challenger, shuttle-atlantis, etc is needed. When tagging photos I like them to read more general->more specific; bird->raptor->buteo->red-tailed-hawk. Just a suggestion. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Sep 1 '20 at 11:26
  • $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble Good idea. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mod Sep 1 '20 at 11:27
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    $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble Edited to include that change. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mod Sep 1 '20 at 11:28
  • $\begingroup$ I recall seeing @OrganicMarble sometimes use "STS name_of_orbiter" in his answers when referring to a shuttle. Would "sts-columbia" serve any purpose compared to "shuttle-columbia"? $\endgroup$ – Speedphoenix Sep 1 '20 at 13:48
  • $\begingroup$ Also sts-107 only had one question that was already tagged columbia to begin with. $\endgroup$ – Speedphoenix Sep 1 '20 at 13:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Speedphoenix That comes from the official program name "Space Transportation System". We could make that a synonym as well. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mod Sep 1 '20 at 13:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Speedphoenix Yes, but merge would be better than untag, since we're discussing it. That way we don't have to bump up the question. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mod Sep 1 '20 at 13:52
  • $\begingroup$ @Speedphoenix Looks like less controversy with this answer, so I'm going to go ahead and do it. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mod Sep 1 '20 at 13:53
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    $\begingroup$ @Speedphoenix Ok, the actions are all complete, and I also renamed challenger to shuttle-challenger to be consistent. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mod Sep 1 '20 at 14:07

I strongly disapprove of that because Columbia had a long and storied history. It should not be only known because of the accident.

There was also an Apollo command module named Columbia.

I hate it when people refer to the failures by the names of the Orbiters.

If you're going to make "columbia" = "sts-107" then we need "columbia-orbiter" or some such.

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    $\begingroup$ My point isn't to define the Columbia by its accident. My point is to redirect people who are looking to tag a question "sts-107" to the "columbia" tag, because we don't need the additional tag. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mod Aug 31 '20 at 18:50
  • $\begingroup$ Edited my answer to clarify $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mod Aug 31 '20 at 18:52
  • $\begingroup$ I agree with called2voyage. Columbia is not defined by STS 107, but every question on sts-107, is bound to have columbia as well, and having that tag alone wouldn't help much, unless we one day add per-mission or per-failure tags $\endgroup$ – Speedphoenix Aug 31 '20 at 19:32
  • $\begingroup$ To all, including @called2voyage, how about a tag for the Apollo 11 LM along the lines of columbia-ap11-lm & a tag for Columbia space shuttle as columbia-ss or columbia-sts-107 to distinguish between the two? It's a pain having to space craft with the same name. $\endgroup$ – Fred Sep 1 '20 at 1:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Fred Definitely not columbia-sts-107, for the reason mentioned by Organic, but columbia-shuttle could work. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mod Sep 1 '20 at 1:16
  • $\begingroup$ @called2voyage: columbia-shuttle works for me $\endgroup$ – Fred Sep 1 '20 at 1:18
  • $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble I made a new answer which suggests not making sts-107 a synonym. You may want to check it out. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Mod Sep 1 '20 at 11:16

I could see us getting more questions on the Columbia orbiter. I think a merge/synonym of into would be a good idea, not because they are exactly equal, but because we don't need a separate tag for the subset of questions about specifically mission STS-107.

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    $\begingroup$ I would also like to suggest having ov-102 and sts-columbia or columbia-orbiter (as per Organic Marble's suggestion) as synonyms. $\endgroup$ – Speedphoenix Aug 31 '20 at 20:15

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