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There are 6 questions tagged "talking" right now. The tag has no excerpt to explain its purpose.

In my opinion, the tag should become a synonym for the "speech" tag instead. Should we do this? What arguments can be put against this change?

While we're at it, some of the questions tagged "talking" could use more tags -- either "language" or "language-development" -- which I'd add at the same time.

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now contains 14 questions, and none of them greatly benefit from having that tag:

  1. Talking doesn't have a wiki description yet, and probably doesn't need one
  2. The talking questions all fall completely under one or more of the following tags:

I propose editing the tags of the small number of existing questions to use the above tags instead, and making a synonym for for future questions.

Please note the limited use of the tag, and how it has not grown over the past 3 years. In fact, there have been no new questions in over a year, whereas has had 14 new questions since March alone, not to mention the other 3 similar tags.


I would undertake this myself, but I've already flooded the "active questions" list with a removal of a small number of "discussion" tags, and would like help spreading out these changes over time, and creating the synonym (you need at least 5 rep in the other tag, and I've answer/asked no "talking" questions, but I have rep in the other tags).

  • "I've already flooded the "active questions" list" - we've done this before; it's just a side effect of using the site. Don't worry about it! In fact, one could argue it's better to get all those mass-edits done in one go so that the "active questions" list will be disrupted for a shorter period of time. I'd say, go ahead. Perhaps a current mod could back me up? – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Nov 26 '15 at 11:28
  • @Torben On SF&F there's a soft policy of only doing a certain # per day, but if more is acceptable here then I'll do it. – user11394 Nov 26 '15 at 14:14
  • We don't really have a policy at all, so if you have the time and inclination please feel free to edit tags :) if not, I should be able to some time in the next couple days. – Acire Nov 26 '15 at 19:37
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The tag wiki for currently is:

What is speech?

Speech is the vocalized form of human communication. The subject of speech includes many subskills, such as vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, enunciation.

What questions should have this tag?

  • Questions about teaching your child to speak.
  • Questions about speech disabilities.
  • Questions about improving any area of speech skills.
  • General questions about speech disabilities.

Looking at the questions, most of them seem to me to fall squarely under "questions about teaching your child to speak". However, the focus of some are more precisely under the category of milestones.

We can address this by expanding the tag wiki for to include "Questions about speech and communication milestones" to the "What questions should have this tag?" section.

There is one question that seem more focused on the behavior of talking, rather than learning/disabilities/improving skills: How to deal with incessant talking?. While it is a good question, I don't see the value of tagging it with either or . The question is about the behavior, and the fact that the behavior involves speech is secondary to the question.

I'd suggest we simply remove from that question.

Once we update the wiki, and remove from that question, we should make a synonym for .

  • I agree with your "behavior" = "speech" judgment, but not sure about the first part: Aren't "questions about teaching your child to speak" exactly what the language-development tag is for? – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Oct 1 '12 at 18:16
  • @TorbenGundtofte-Bruun "Questions about teaching your child to speak" is what is currently in the speech wiki. How it relates to language-development is a very good question... should it be incorporated into this question, or should we open a separate question for it? – user420 Oct 1 '12 at 18:20
  • Let's open a separate meta topic on that. It seems that we haven't been very careful with the speech/language-... tags and it wouldn't hurt to clean it up before we have hundreds of questions in these tags. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Oct 5 '12 at 19:14

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