# Tagging questions on Space Shuttle Columbia and STS-107

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.

• I disagree vehemently! See my answer. 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.

• 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. Sep 1 '20 at 11:26
• @OrganicMarble Good idea.
– called2voyage Mod
Sep 1 '20 at 11:27
• @OrganicMarble Edited to include that change.
– called2voyage Mod
Sep 1 '20 at 11:28
• 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"? Sep 1 '20 at 13:48
• Also sts-107 only had one question that was already tagged columbia to begin with. Sep 1 '20 at 13:49
• @Speedphoenix That comes from the official program name "Space Transportation System". We could make that a synonym as well.
– called2voyage Mod
Sep 1 '20 at 13:51
• @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.
– called2voyage Mod
Sep 1 '20 at 13:52
• @Speedphoenix Looks like less controversy with this answer, so I'm going to go ahead and do it.
– called2voyage Mod
Sep 1 '20 at 13:53
• @Speedphoenix Ok, the actions are all complete, and I also renamed challenger to shuttle-challenger to be consistent.
– 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.

• 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.
– called2voyage Mod
Aug 31 '20 at 18:50
• Edited my answer to clarify
– called2voyage Mod
Aug 31 '20 at 18:52
• 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 Aug 31 '20 at 19:32
• 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.
– Fred
Sep 1 '20 at 1:14
• @Fred Definitely not columbia-sts-107, for the reason mentioned by Organic, but columbia-shuttle could work.
– called2voyage Mod
Sep 1 '20 at 1:16
• @called2voyage: columbia-shuttle works for me
– Fred
Sep 1 '20 at 1:18
• @OrganicMarble I made a new answer which suggests not making sts-107 a synonym. You may want to check it out.
– 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.

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