The anchors tag is mostly rock-climbing questions, but with a few boating and snow anchor questions mixed in. There's also the setting-up-an-anchor tag that's not used much.

I'd suggest retiring the anchors tag since it's ambiguous and using more specific tags instead, such as climbing-anchors, boat-anchors, snow-anchors, etc. The setting-up-an-anchor questions could be migrated to climbing-anchors.


I think this would do much to clear potential tag confusion on these items.

  • thanks for the feedback, I've created the [climbing-anchors] tag with a summary and submitted a number of edits for review to migrate questions to it – STW Aug 25 '16 at 15:32

The problem with this is unwanted tag fragmentation. The reason why umbrella tags are a good thing (especially as we are talking about very few questions here) are described in this answer:

E.g. some of these questions are not specific to climbing, but mountaineering in general. The link to the specific activity is already given by tagging something with and or ...

So if you feel the need to retag with specific tag, please leave the general tag in place as well.

  • I can see that, however could you point me to a basic resource showing how a mountaineering anchor differs? A quick google search turned up a small number of references to what I'd consider snow or climbing anchors but nothing distinct--in which case should the umbrella tag be mountaineering instead of anchors? – STW Aug 25 '16 at 17:00
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    I just mean that building an anchor with e.g. pitons applies not only to climbing which is a subset of mountaineering. So "climbing-anchors" is too narrow, while just "anchors" can be combined with any other tag to fit exactly into the right scope. – imsodin Aug 25 '16 at 18:38
  • climbing which is a subset of mountaineering Huh? I'd put it the other way around. If you're mountaineering, then you're climbing something. Mountaineering is a subset of climbing. Rock climbing is also a subset of climbing. – Ben Crowell Aug 26 '16 at 15:54

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