• [career] or [careers]
  • [design-pattern] or [design-patterns]
  • [best-practice] or [best-practices]
  • possible duplicate of Tag consolidation and blacklist
    – user8
    Commented Sep 10, 2010 at 3:44
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    @Mark Trapp: It would be highly inefficient to list all tag problems that arise in a single topic... It would become to too busy for one to discuss the problems. Commented Sep 10, 2010 at 9:34
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    Prefer career over careers for consistency with SO and money.SE.
    – Larry Wang
    Commented Sep 10, 2010 at 22:27

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Having thought on this I think it's better to have plural tags...

An example with [design-pattern] and [design-patterns].

There might be a question regarding a single design pattern,
but there might also be one regarding multiple design patterns.

Both tags fit well for the first question about a single pattern,
however [design-pattern] doesn't math for the second question about multiple design patterns.

Another reason for plural tags is that a tag lists questions about design patterns, not design pattern.

However, there are exceptions to this proposed rule:

  • Words that shouldn't be plural,
    it's unlikely that a question will be about [careers] so it should be [career].
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    I agree that tags should be plural. One fits into many, but many doesn't fit into one.
    – user81
    Commented Sep 12, 2010 at 22:55

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