I agree, I think that insects should be made a synonym of bugs. Like you said, they overlap and nearly 100% of questions don't require a distinction between bugs and insects, especially in the tagging.
Even though nomenclature includes naming, but not vice versa, I prefer naming. The purpose of the tags is to aid the user, and naming will be more helpful than a word someone has to look up. I agree that combining the two is a good idea.
From Merriam-Webster, nomenclature:
1 : name, designation
2 : the act or process or an instance of ...
I'm not a native speaker either, but I think there is a difference.
Walking is the process of moving on foot. You walk to the supermarket or to work. You walk through the park or though the city.
Hiking is the recreational activity. It's usually done in nature, such as in the forest or in the mountains. It can also be done in a city, but that's unusual....
Playing devil's advocate, but there could be scenarios when it's not just about cold weather:
Questions about the different plants available in winter to summer
Questions about navigation by stars and how they differ in the winter
Questions about certain events that might be organised in the winter
OK, that last one especially is dubious, but my point is ...
I've merged the tags and set up a synonym off-or-on-topic -> scope. The individual on-topic and off-topic tags will be automatically deleted in about 24 hours, and I don't expect them to come back, but if they do just point it out and a mod will set up those synonyms too.
Animals can refer to wild as well as domesticated. Wildlife comprises of a wide variety of topics. Wildlife might refer to animals or birds or reptiles. Clearly, there's a big difference between the two. However, I suggest migrating all the animal tags which relate to wildlife to wildlife tag and renaming animal tag to domesticated-animals tag. That would ...
There are 24 posts tagged wildlife, all of which refer to wild animals; and 15 tagged animals of which 13 are actually about wildlife.
So only 2 refer to domesticated animals - I'm tempted to think this isn't enough of a requirement.
I'll wait for other views, but I'm tempted to make them synonyms as per Paul's suggestion.
All merging does is it retags any questions which had the synonymous tag before the synonym was created. This is just to ensure consistency and make it easier for people to search.
It does and it doesn't. Merging makes the old tag unavailable. Yes, it means when you search you only see one tag, but it still will find the main tag.
On Ask Ubuntu, 12.04lts ...
I personally feel that they should not be merged. As Liam already explained the main purpose of tags. These are the keywords that can help us get more visitors and hence potential users.
There are plenty of examples of such tags at the Great Outdoors.
For example, flashlight and torch.
What we (in India) call a battery-powered portable hand-held lamp: a '...
As a native speaker, I believe Gerrit has is exactly right.
"Walking" is any time you move on foot.
"Hiking" is usually strenuous walking, done outdoors, for recreation. For instance, if I drive out of the city and into the mountains and walk around all day long with a backpack and a water bottle: that is hiking.