We currently have both an and an tags. Which should we keep?

I personally prefer and that's the spelling used in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, but it only has 4 questions (3 of which are closed) whereas has 16 questions.

We typically set up synonyms from smaller tags to larger, but in this case both are pretty small and it wouldn't be a big deal to make either one a synonym of the other.

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The AP Stylebook, the Chicago Manual of Style, Merriam-Webster, and Wikipedia all use "e-commerce." The places where I've seen "ecommerce" being acceptable also list "e-commerce" as an acceptable construction (for example, Dictionary.com).

It looks like only "email" has been able to shed its hyphen elsewhere (e.g. the AP Stylebook): I'd say we continue to follow the convention and use .


Personally I'd go for as the master with the synonym being .

However, by the same logic we should also make sure that is the master and the synonym too if we want to be consistent. However these stand at 0 and 24 questions respectively and on Stack Overflow email (no hyphen) is the master. So if we check what Stack Overflow does with e-commerce we see that e-commerce is the master.

So, there doesn't seem to be a network standard at all! However, perhaps we should go with consistency at the individual tag level.

  • I could be mistaken, but it looks to me that e-commerce is the master and ecommerce is the synonym: "The following tags will be remapped to e-commerce: ecommerce"
    – user8
    Nov 6, 2011 at 16:33
  • @MarkTrapp - you're right. I misread that page. So - there's a lack of consistency on Stack Overflow...
    – ChrisF Mod
    Nov 6, 2011 at 16:37

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