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I found out a few days ago that we have two tags, and the majority of questions are tagged with "birds" at the moment.

Should we change it to "bird-strike"? I would think that if a question mentions birds, it is likely about a bird strike (rather than e.g. aerodynamics of birds). "Bird strike" is a common term where people would search.

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I agree that 'bird-strike' makes a better tag for that sort of question. Of the 25 questions tagged with "birds," the following are the only ones that are not related to bird strikes:

How can seagulls slide in the wind without flapping their wings?

When do birds generate more lift? Take-Off or Landing?

What kind of g-forces do birds experience and how does it compare to humans? [closed]

Has anybody done gliding experiments with exact replicas of the birds or other real world flying creatures?

At the time of posting the only one with more than 3 upvotes is the one that is closed. All but one have accepted answers. Maybe we could keep a 'birds' tag that explains it's for aerodynamics, but since those questions don't seem to come often or get great reception, I'm not opposed to doing without it.

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As fooot points out, we do have a few questions that are about birds as aviators. Even though it's only 16% of the questions in the tag, I'd prefer to avoid mistagging those with . One complication is that a few of the questions are only indirectly about strikes: they're about bird control at airports or other related issues.

I'd be in favour of creating a new tag for the birds-as-aviators questions, maybe or to include things like bats too.

If we do that, we just have to decide what to do with . Either we should remove it completely (and re-tag all existing questions to one of the two more specific tags), or make it a synonym of one of the more specific tags. Although it makes less sense as a logical classification, I'd propose making it a synonym of , for two reasons. First, only a small number of existing questions would have to be changed. Second, since most questions are about bird-strikes, and people tend to choose the shortest, most obvious tag, it makes sense for the short synonym to be for the most common tag: this will result in fewer mistagged questions going forward.

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I suggest having two tags:

  • bird-hazard

  • bird-flight or animal-flight

and possibly remove completely birds now useless.

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