Consider the following tags:

: 59 questions

: 13 questions

: 6 questions, 5 of which are potty training, plus a recent question about constipation

: 6 questions; 1 about constipation-ish, 3 about potty training related things, 2 about toilets in public places

I suggest making and synonyms for , and burninating , replacing it with or or something like that (it seems like the 2 public places questions are in part about manners, and there were a few others which would take that as well).

I'm aware that toilet has a slightly complictated meaning outside of the US (inside the US it is pretty much a synonym for potty), so I'm not sure this is completely realistic. However, I think given half the questions are pretty much just potty training questions adding a second related word tag, it makes sense to change it to a different word.

I also think makes more sense as a potty training synonym, in part because is often entered as "potty training" and having it be a synonym would simplify that. toilet is sufficiently different outside of the US it probably shouldn't be a synonym in my mind, though I would not object if it was.

I've proposed the two synonyms on , and would love to get some votes on that as well as feedback; I'd also like feedback on the suggestions, as that seems more complex.

  • All those of you voting up: please vote on the synonyms! Go to potty-training and click on Synonyms, then vote up the one(s) you agree with. That's how they get approved (or Karl/Beofett can directly approve them I think, but the community process is often preferred!) This requires some rep, but not an exorbitant amount, IIRC.
    – Joe
    Dec 15, 2014 at 22:38
  • I agree with this and have upvoted the synonyms. Don't know how to remove toilet, replacing it as you suggest, but I agree there, too. Dec 28, 2014 at 4:23
  • Removing (blocking) a word isn't something we can do directly - I'm not sure if it's something moderators can do (Karl/Beofett?) or if it's something you need SE staff to implement.
    – Joe
    Dec 29, 2014 at 15:23
  • I found this comment from chat about tags that I believe will address toilet, so going to remove that tag or replace appropriately. Jan 4, 2015 at 9:24
  • BTW: Reading the definitions of toilet-training and potty-training is confusing to an American. When is a potty not a toilet? Could use clarification from someone who knows the answer. Jan 4, 2015 at 9:34
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    I think "potty" is the kids potty that some people use (e.g., the little plastic whatnot that usually has a noise-making handle). I don't think it needs a separate tag, personally.
    – Joe
    Jan 5, 2015 at 15:42

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I agree that and should by synonyms, but I'm not sure if it's worth keeping nor .

As you've shown, potty and toilet combine still comprise less total tags than toilet-training. Of those questions, only 2/3 are about potty-training.

I would nix toilet for the reasons you gave. It's either not descriptive or lends to double-tagging.

Potty, as a tag, isn't very intuitive, and generally needs to be tagged with something else for context. If I hadn't already seen the questions, I would assume would be about anything related to going potty (such as training, behavior, health, stools, types of training potties).

However, every question with the tag is already tagged as potty-/toilet-training, making potty useless and not used often enough to be a synonym. (I say every question, because the 1 that's about constipation is actually a duplicate of a different question that's only tagged & , and absent any potty-related tag).

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