So we have here certain very confusing tags, like or even worse .

Tags become confusing if they lack a description (usage guidance). So what should the well-meaning person do who wants to give those tags a description?

In the case of rationalism, it seems that the more educated users understand rationalism à la Descartes and not à la Yudkowsky or something like an standpoint that values reason and is opposed to superstition, etc. Does this justify a corresponding tag description?

In the case of : users apply this to the political philosophy and to the free-will position. What should it be? That's nearly 50:50!

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    Some of these terms are legitimately "slippery"..
    – Joseph Weissman Mod
    Aug 18, 2016 at 15:03
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    Oh geez, as someone who's studied the free-will debate pretty seriously but has not done any political philosophy, this has the potential to get extremely confusing. Would it be feasible to split the more 50:50 tags into, like, "libertarian-free-will" and "libertarian-politics"?
    – commando
    Aug 18, 2016 at 15:35

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I propose that we have for libertarianism in political philosophy and for the other one, since the former is clearly more common (in philosophy, not on this site). Same for , and for any other tags which might be like this.

And their descriptions should be updated to avoid confusion.

  • this seems sensible. So... are we all okay with this?
    – viuser
    Aug 27, 2016 at 19:49
  • The only caveat I see is that the 'libertarianism' tag is still ambiguous and may be abused by users who don't know better; it could be better to rename it to e.g. 'political-libertarianism'. On the other hand, it is not a frequently used tag, so this may be just fine.
    – user2953
    Aug 28, 2016 at 18:50

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