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Is there any substantial and worthwhile difference? It seems to me that all water items should be put together.

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All water purification items fall under water, but not all water items fall under water purification:

  • How much water should I take per day on an average hike?
  • How can I stop water from freezing?
  • What do I need to look for in a good water bottle?

For that reason I think they should be kept separate.

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  • My thought is that water purification is so small of a subset that it should all just go under "water". – Russell Steen Feb 2 '12 at 5:15
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    @RussellSteen I think they should be separate too. We can check in a few months, and if there are a trivial number of water-purification tags, we can reconsider. – Kevin Feb 2 '12 at 15:25
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I'd like to see water remain distinct for a bit unless we can establish how we might want to tag water-sports or water-activities such as canoeing, lake boating, lake sailing, ocean boating and sailing.

Water purification (or more broadly - establishing a secure, sanitary, reliable water source) is one of the big three survival criteria that each of us faces when we leave civilization and head outdoors.

  • water
  • food
  • shelter

I suppose a good tag wiki will help shape things once the site has moved past beta, but it seems a little early to equate water to water-purification to me (who has only recently arrived so may be unaware that this is already worked out somewhere but not yet in the tag wiki)

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