We have tags for both and , both have a good number of questions tagged. Should they be synonyms? It seems like "ice" is more general and may be a better primary tag.

Would there be a case for keeping them separate? "Ice" could apply to ice on the ground surfaces, or even hail.


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I think is the general one. Going by the dictionary icing is also a noun. But here's why I'm leaning toward icing:

The formation of ice on an aircraft, ship, or other vehicle, or in an engine.

One of its uses is aviation specific. So I checked the posts to see if they can't have the tag. I found only two cases* that might be debatable.

This post is also asking about snow but we don't have a snow tag, moreover I think just the already existing tag should be enough to cover ice and snow [and frost] for that post.

How ice forms is icing especially in the context for aviation.

Based on that I suggest turning into a tag synonym of , so anyone who would type 'ice' in the future, wouldn't create the tag again.

* If there is any that I missed, let me know and I'll update the post.


They seem the same to me. Unless they're talking about cupcakes. Mmmmmm... cupcakes!


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