The tag does not have a wiki summary, but (based on the name and the first portion of the four questions so tagged) it seems likely it should be a synonym for (which tag is used by 82 questions). (2 questions) might also be a synonym, but it might be addressing a specific subset of (one of the two questions is also tagged with ).

If they are not synonyms, someone who knows the difference should create wiki summaries.

  • And then there's tropes, which should be different but I'm not sure our usage is (2 questions). Yes, please, let's either clarify and deconflict or, if we can't, synonomize some of these. Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 1:47
  • @MonicaCellio readers (5 questions) and audience (5 questions) might also be candidates for making synonyms. organization might be a candidate for splitting--work/time management, organization of materials, organization of the final result. planning may have a similar issue with multiple contexts. Without wiki summaries proper tagging is more difficult.
    – user5232
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 2:33
  • medium (7 questions) may also be a candidate for splitting--writing/editing medium (possibly a useful subset of tools, like software) (5 questions) and reading medium (2 questions). structure might also need distinguishing from organization.
    – user5232
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 2:51
  • "organization in the final result" would have been more clear, e.g., how topics should be ordered in technical writing. Chapter break questions probably fit better under structure, but ordering of subplots might fit under an 'document-organization'/'story-organization'. However, such might be less useful categories.
    – user5232
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 14:22

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IMHO , , and are all very iffy as tags. It's not clear what they signify - since pretty much any solution for any problem involves a method or a technique of some sort. See "Technique" tag for a previous discussion of the tag.

I definitely don't want more tags like that, so let's clean and into for the moment. I'd rather abolish those tags than keep them on as synonyms, although I might be persuaded regarding as a synonym.

And if we can find a good solution for , then more power to us.

  • Making technique a synonym of 'literary-technique' might discourage the use of the tag for things like methods of improving as a writer. I am not certain how specific X needs to be in "How can I avoid X style defect?" to be a technique question. You indicated "purple prose" is too general. Complicating matters, question with a specific problem may be answered by giving literary techniques applicable to the class of problems. 'literary-technique' is a very broad category and might not be a very good search tool or interest group identifier.
    – user5232
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 14:43
  • Maybe someone could develop more extensive guidelines for using tags (tagging questions, searching for related questions, and following subjects of interest/expertise). :-) Such guidelines would probably not be heavily used (unlike "How do I ask a good question?"), but might be helpful for a minority of users (e.g., those with a need for rules--and not just those with Autism Spectrum Disorder [I probably fit into this category]).
    – user5232
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 14:56
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    @PaulA.Clayton: The guideline that I've learned for good tagging is "tags whose meaning/use is self-evident." Anything complex or needing qualifications gets messed up. Another good one is "Who would be likely to subscribe to a feed of this tag's questions?". If the answer is either "nobody" or "everybody," it's not a good tag.
    – Standback
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 15:04
  • literary-tools and methods are now synonyms of technique. The tag wikis have been synced automatically by the system. Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 2:04

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