Currently, Aviation SE has the tag , which is used for questions on the Russian Federation. However, questions on Russian aircraft often (mis)use this tag. Hence, I do believe it would be useful to have the tag .

For example, the Sukhoi Su-30 is a Russian aircraft, but it is operated not only by Russia, but also by Venezuela. Why use the tag when asking about aircraft designed and manufactured by Russia and then exported?

Suppose I want to search for questions on Russian fighters. Searching for [russian] [fighter] is:question would be more efficient than searching all tags starting with "mig" or "sukhoi".


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is currently used for aircraft that originated in the USSR (demonym: soviet), which adds a complication. For the purposes of an aviation Q&A site, I'm fine with having [soviet/soviet-union] as synonyms to [russia], but others don't feel that way.

A tag is a topic being asked about, not a description of the things mentioned in a question. If my question is about the MiG-21, then it is not about all soviet/Russian fighters.

In my opinion the search function suffices.

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    $\begingroup$ Tags on SE are "flat". However, on at least one (non-SE) site, there's a hierarchy of tags with "parents" and "children". If SE were like that, then tags "MiG-29" and "Su-27" would have at least two parents, namely, "Russian Aircraft" and "Soviet Aircraft". Ideally, one would be able to retrieve all posts on a tag and also on its children. Unfortunately, that is not possible on SE. This question is an attempt to emulate parents and children within SE's limitations. $\endgroup$ Oct 27, 2019 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ @RodrigodeAzevedo: If SE supported hierarchical tags, that would be a really nice feature. $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Oct 27, 2019 at 13:00

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