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'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 '...