Before you create that new tag, stop and consider the following:
Note: The example questions used here are intentionally basic and should not be taken as a guideline for what is appropriate to ask on the site.
1. Is this a useful way to categorize the question?
For example, if your question is "Why do rockets sometimes explode?", then rockets and ...
The current tags follow the names of the relevant Wikipedia articles:
tiangong-1 refers to the first station, the single-module Tiangong-1.
tiangong-2 refers to the second station, Tiangong-2, similar in construction to Tiangong-1.
Wikipedia does have an article for Tiangong-3, which was cancelled in the design phase.
tiangong-space-station refers to the ...
Because the title question leads with "How is our tagging situation?" I'm going to start by addressing number 3. If you'd like to skip the detailed breakdown, feel free to jump down to the Comparison Summary heading.
How does our current tagging situation compare to similar sites like Astronomy SE?
To analyze the tagging behavior of Space ...
I only use the status-completed tag on a discussion if there is some mod action required, and really only on tag questions pretty much. All it means is that the mod action has been completed. It doesn't necessarily mean more discussion can't happen, though in cases where mod action has already been taken, it's probably better to start a new meta discussion ...
My opinion: law and regulatory should be made synonyms. What's the difference?
But international-politics is a very different matter because now we're having to deal with treaties. Except when we're not. It is a bit murky. For example, the US Congress has banned NASA from having any dealings with China. That's the law.
On the other hand, there's the ...
(Copying user39728_i_said_user_39728_i_'s comment to an answer to allow votes.)
ADCS would help those who search for it, but it seems very specific, so probably helpful only to very few. I actually like attitude-determination-and-control a lot. I know if I saw it on the list of available tags, I would select it over attitude-control. It's broader in scope, ...
So this was originally a really short yes, and I realize now that was unclear. I had intended it to be a "yes" to uhoh's last question about retagging. After Pearson's comment, I've changed my mind. It seems maybe we should deliberate longer to find a better solution that doesn't wipe out more familiar terminology.
Seems like thermal should be merged and synonymized with heat, and cooling should be merged and synonymized with thermal-control.
I'm less certain on the others. More than a few users found them useful, so they should probably stay as is.
Ugh, it's a mess.
Looks like there are a few basic topics covered by these:
rocket engine cooling
propellant densification via "sub-cooling"
steady-state spacecraft and habitat thermal management
atmospheric heating on ascent and reentry
I feel like thermal, thermal-control, heat, and heat-flow could all be merged into thermal-control, but the ...
Given that the falcon-9r tag description says "variant of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with reusable first and second stages" I suggest we remove it entirely, folding any misuse of it into falcon-9, since no such animal exists.
There's nothing wrong with a question having falcon-9 and falcon9-r tags, even if it's only about falcon9-r. Falcon 9R is just a special configuration of Falcon 9, so the falcon-9 tag still applies. The only reason someone should drop the more general tag is if they need the space for other tags.
That said, if someone applied falcon9-r to a question that ...
I disagree. Definition of regolith:
Regolith (/ˈrɛɡəlɪθ/)1 is a layer of loose, heterogeneous superficial deposits covering solid rock. It includes dust, soil, broken rock, and other related materials
(emphasis mine). Regolith is a superset of dust, so please don't treat them as synonyms.
I recently removed the poorly conceived tag small from a question because I wasn't sure if they meant for it to refer to smallsats or small rockets, but it did cross my mind that it might be useful to have a smallsat tag. Something as a catch-all so that we don't have to create tags for all the individual categories aside from cubesats unless we actually ...
I am in favor of a firsts tag. The records tag should mean the greatest or smallest of a number (i.e. different from firsts). However, it would involve a considerable amount of re-tagging.
There seem to be too many questions for a how-many tag, so I am opposed to that.
I upvoted this, but now that I've had time to think about it, I'm not entirely sure it's necessary. The tag attitude is not inappropriate on those questions, and the tag attitude-determination-and-control has enough questions on its own that it's not in need of a boost.
Obviously, it would be ideal if those questions had attitude-determination-and-control, ...
Here's a quick inventory of the current tagging status of multi-mission space programs:
Apollo: "apollo-program" + individual tags for Apollo 10-17 and Apollo-Soyuz
Space Shuttle: "space-shuttle" + the individual orbiters "shuttle-columbia", "...
The flipside here is called burnination, where the community removes tags. It's worth reading what the overall methodology is, but you should pay attention that tags must be clear
We recently reversed a tag synonym because [neo] was potentially vague. I've seen that happen a lot, where a tag goes with an acronym or simple name, and thus you wind up with ...