This question is related to discussion from the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices question from about a month ago. A bit before that question, the tag was created, in addition to the tag that already existed. As was mentioned in that meta post and its comments and answers, SARPs is indeed the correct name, but many people will likely not be familiar with it.

Since these tags seem to be redundant, I recommend retagging all of the questions with to and making be a synonym for . This way, newcomers who aren't familiar with the SARPs terminology can easily find the right tag and we won't have two redundant tags floating around.

Can we make this happen?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure if the primary tag should be icao-sarps, particularly given icao-recommendations has more questions (the preferred tag by volume of usage, if not by technical accuracy). $\endgroup$
    – voretaq7
    Aug 31, 2016 at 19:18
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    $\begingroup$ @voretaq7 I think a lot of that difference has to do with the tag ages, though. icao-recommendations is over 2 years old, while icao-sarps is only a bit under a couple of months old. At any rate, whichever is preferred, I think they're redundant and should be synonyms. $\endgroup$
    – reirab
    Aug 31, 2016 at 19:44
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    $\begingroup$ @voretaq7 I've added an answer that explains a bit more why I prefer icao-sarps over icao-recommendations, but I'm open to either (or something else.) The main thing is just that we don't need redundant tags. $\endgroup$
    – reirab
    Aug 31, 2016 at 20:17
  • $\begingroup$ Now that we're at it, we should get rid 'easa-regulations' and replace it with 'eu-regulations' :) $\endgroup$ Sep 11, 2016 at 14:23
  • $\begingroup$ @J.Hougaard I'm not sure if you're just joking or not, but if you do want to propose that, I'd recommend a new meta post where it can be discussed separately. In general, though, we've kept the tag names based on the name of the agency that promulgates the regulations rather than the place (e.g. faa-regulations, not usa-regulations.) $\endgroup$
    – reirab
    Sep 11, 2016 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ EU is the agency that promultages the regulations. EASA are simply advising them $\endgroup$ Sep 11, 2016 at 17:56
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    $\begingroup$ good news: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/57309431#57309431 ;) $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Mar 11, 2021 at 18:57

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Edit 3/11/21 : This has now been implemented.

There are two primary reasons why I think should be the preferred tag and should be a synonym to it, rather than the other way around:

  • The term 'SARPs' is more precise, as this is the term that ICAO itself uses.

  • The tag name becomes a bit ambiguous in light of ICAO "Recommended Procedures" having a defined meaning that is only a subset of what the tag is used for.

It's true that all ICAO SARPs are effectively recommendations for policy and not actual enforced policy, so the name 'recommendations' is not inaccurate per se, but it seems like having the tag name be could make it ambiguous whether the tag should be used for any question about ICAO Standards or Recommended Procedures or only those specifically about ICAO Recommended Procedures.

I suppose we could make the preferred tag name be to prevent this ambiguity while also avoiding the use of a not-terribly-common acronym, but that seems like a really long tag name. I wouldn't be opposed to it if that's what others prefer, though.

As Voretaq7 mentioned in a comment on the question, there are more questions currently tagged as (25) vs. (5), but I'd guess that discrepancy probably has more to do with the former being much older than the latter (over 2 years vs. 2 months.)

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    $\begingroup$ I created the icao-sarps exactly for this reason. My effort to retag all recommendations got stuck. $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima Mod
    Sep 1, 2016 at 8:47
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    $\begingroup$ I think that your long suggestion is too long to be a tag, and I agree that the length of time that the tags have been around is a big factor in the difference in the number of questions that each has. I'm pretty sure that I was the original one who use the icao-recommendations and it was partly due to not being aware of the sarps term, and partly wanting to be clear that ICAO recommendations are not the "rules" that many people view them as. Personally, I agree with your suggestion. $\endgroup$
    – Lnafziger
    Sep 2, 2016 at 5:54
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    $\begingroup$ Is there an SE "policy" in regards to creating tags prior to there being any questions so associated? i.e. Might we also create an icao-standards tag as a syn to icao-sarps? $\endgroup$
    – CGCampbell
    Sep 10, 2016 at 12:40
  • $\begingroup$ @CGCampbell I would assume that can be done with synonyms, since they technically don't ever have questions associated with them anyway. I could be wrong, though. $\endgroup$
    – reirab
    Sep 11, 2016 at 17:50

I was composing the same request and came here by way of "similar questions".

@reirab's answer offers alternatives, so perhaps that's why no action was taken in the past 3 years and 2 months.

Here's my opinion:

The proper name [icao-recommended-practices] is not really needed as while typing "recommen--" the proper suggestion [icao-sarps] will appear.


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