In my opinion tags are very important on this side. It helps to find questions. Especially as we grow this gets more important. Currently we have some disorder in tags and it is not always easy to decide, which tags should be added to a question. Thus inconsistent tagging can arise. This came up looking at equipment.
Currently there are some "subordinate tags" (number of questions in brackets)
In the style of the last two there could be any kind of tags like "tent-equipment", "surfing-equipment", "archery-equipment", ... . Such composite tags are bad. They are redundant with the "parent tag": Do you need to use equipment on a question already tagged equipment-care? It is redundant but without equipment it will be harder to find. Currently many questions tagged equipment-care do not have equipment.
It would be much more consistent and easier to decide on what tag to use, if we had only simple tags. So equipment-care is equipment&maintenance, trekking-equipment is equipment&trekking. Thus it is possible to search
[equipment] and find everything related to equipment, search
[equipment][trekking] for stuff related to trekking equipment, search
[trekking]-[equipment] to get trekking topics not related to equipment, ...
When writing a question there will be clarity as well: When starting to type equipment only equipment is shown, so you do not have to decide between equipment and equipment-care. If it is about caring for equipment, maintenance can be used as well and by synonym, equipment-care would become maintenance.
There are of course useful composite tags. improvised-equipment is a boarder case ("improvisation" could be used in relation to other things) and aid-climbing or free-climbing are certainly viable ("freeing" or "aiding" on their own would be quite useless tags). Still I think it is correct to use e.g. both climbing and aid-climbing, not just the latter.
So what I am asking here is: Do you agree with this generally and/or in the shown example?
If so I will go ahead with retagging questions and suggesting synonyms. I really think this is beneficial.
On a side note: Please upvote the rucksack -> backpack synonym if you can.