We have the two tags and , which have very similar excerpts and IMHO discuss the same thing:

(61 questions):

Questions about the processes to create laws in different jurisdictions.

(43 questions):

Questions relating to the process of making or enacting laws.

I propose to merge the tags and to make a synonym of .

Btw: We have nine questions with both tags.

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Per @indigochild's comment, simply from a logical perspective, and are better synonyms. So one should probably be a tag alias of the other (they're both about the "sausage"), whereas is "how sausage is made". The current tag description of "legislation" seems rather weird to me.

Admittedly "law" is broader than "legislation", e.g. the former includes common law in the Anglo-Saxon tradition, whereas the latter is just statutory law in this context. Some might even include regulations under "law". I don't remember tagging any question with "legislation" myself, but I do think I tagged as "law" questions where I wasn't sure if something is subject to some laws and/or regulations.


An alternative would be to differentiate them more. E.g.

Questions about the processes to create laws in different jurisdictions. For talking about current proposals, see .

Questions about bills or proposals currently under consideration. For questions about the process of enacting, see .

Because legislation and the legislative process are certainly not the same thing.

Of course, it could be argued that we don't need a legislation tag at all. In that case, making the two synonyms might be a temporary step before burninating the tag so as not to have to add the tag manually to 29 questions. Although looking at them, most should not have the legislative-process tag on them.

I removed the tag from some questions, as it didn't fit there under either definition. In some cases I added the tag, as that did.

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    What would be the demarcation between "legislation" and "law"? Aug 20, 2018 at 19:06
  • Legislation is prior to passage. Law is after.
    – Brythan
    Aug 20, 2018 at 21:41
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    I would be worried that the "law" and "legislation" tags are time-dependent. Questions tagged "legislation" would need to be monitored in case their bills pass, at which point they become "law" questions. Aug 20, 2018 at 22:17

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