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I just retagged this question, changing "clean" to "washing." I think we should keep the distinction that clothes are washed, equipment is cleaned, and (preemptively) only things that need to be sanitized should be tagged "sanitizing."

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I'm not sure there's a need to split hairs between washing and cleaning; a new user typing in a search might not recognize the difference. And with sanitizing there's overlap with sterilization. But in keeping the tags organized, we should definitely edit verbs to all be the same tense.

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  • Hmm. You might be right about washing/cleaning. Perhaps they should be synonyms. – Kevin Jan 25 '12 at 2:09
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I think your guidelines are great; assuming there are no objections from anyone else, you should fill out the tag wikis.

Another point of discussion: I would love love love if we used consistent verb forms for tags. I think gerunds (-ing) make the most sense for US users, but am curious if non-native English speakers will find that intuitive enough. (But assuming we went with that convention, the "clean" tag should be "cleaning.")

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  • I was thinking we should solidify the gerund use too, I'll make another post about it. – Kevin Jan 25 '12 at 0:16
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Is it likely that a user browsing will select a tag associated with equipment cleaning? Is that sufficiently distinguishing that it makes sense?

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