Any question about would also be about .The page on tag synonyms says. Also, this article on Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_election explains that presidential elections are the same thing as elections but for presidents.

or multiple tags that mean the same thing -- it's a good idea to propose a tag synonym

If you think these tags shouldn’t be marked as synonyms please explain why.

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Normally I'd agree with you that we shouldn't have a tag that's a perfect subset of another tag. We certainly could replace it with a combination of and . However, I think we should make an exception here because of how common questions about (usually US) Presidential Elections are.

There are currently 566 questions in , and it's the 8th most common tag. That alone should make us hesitant to remove it. Beyond that, it shows that is a distinct topic that people are actually using to identify their questions. That makes sense: presidential elections are a big deal, especially in the US which is home to a disproportionate amount of our users, and people come here with questions about these elections, not about elections or presidents in general.

provides a clear way to organize and find the many, many questions about US (or French, etc.) presidential elections and I think the tag should remain

  • Wouldn’t it make sense to include the electoral college or something else possibly in the tag wiki then, to specify? Right now it doesn’t seem very specific. Mar 31, 2021 at 14:46
  • You’re right that we should make the usage guidance more clear. It’s not US specific, though, so the electors college wouldn’t belong in the tag wiki.
    – divibisan
    Mar 31, 2021 at 15:10
  • @divisiban okay, how would you suggest to make the tag wiki more specific Mar 31, 2021 at 15:11

These should not be merged together as you can get more specific with the presidential-election tag and it is nice to have that difference. There are differences between the two that are nice to keep seperate.

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    Why is it nice to have that difference? And why is getting slightly more specific with the tag important, because the country the election is for is going to be mentioned anyways, so specifying in the tag isn’t going to matter. Also, what differences are there between the two? Mar 30, 2021 at 18:52
  • Because there are areas that only apply to a presidential election and having that as a tag helps determine what is being asked.
    – Joe W
    Mar 30, 2021 at 18:55
  • What areas apply to a presedential election and not a normal election Mar 30, 2021 at 18:57
  • The entire electoral college as a quick example. Just because two tags are related doesn't mean you have to combine them
    – Joe W
    Mar 30, 2021 at 19:02
  • that is not for all presedential elections, only some. Then they should be labeled as “electoral college” and/or “elections” Mar 30, 2021 at 19:04
  • nothing about electoral colleges is mentioned in the tag wiki about presedential elections Mar 30, 2021 at 19:05
  • @Yay The tag wiki doesn't cover everything and it shouldn't have to and since presidential-clearly has a distinct meaning I see no gain from merging it with election.
    – Joe W
    Mar 30, 2021 at 19:08
  • the only difference between an election and of a presedential election is that a presedential election is the election of a president. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_election. Mar 30, 2021 at 19:14
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    @Yay That is not the only difference as many presidential elections have special rules that only apply to them. Also there is no reason to go back and forth with me on this as you should be providing your reasoning for combining the tags in your own answer not debating the merits of an answer that doesn't agree with you.
    – Joe W
    Mar 30, 2021 at 19:17

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