The tag wiki for :

Questions about cleaning your pet or the environment he/she lives in. Use this tag when your question addresses cleaning methods, requirements, and other aspects that pertain to keeping a clean atmosphere for your pet.

The tag wiki for :

The act of rendering a pet clean through shower or bath or scrubbing purposes; may also refer to a cat "bathing" itself via tongue.

I noticed a question had been using both, so when I looked at it, imagine my surprise when we had two tags referring to the act of cleaning a pet! What should we do with the tags?

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    Polling isn't really a good way to do this, I have to be honest. Aside from my immediate desire to vote up (or down, it's a whim) all the options, it discourages discussion. I think it's far better to ask the question and, if you have a desired outcome, put out the case for it. If there is a dissenter, let them make a case for the opposition. – John Cavan Jul 27 '14 at 1:26
  • @JohnCavan The problem is I don't have a desired outcome on this. Those were just the two options I could think of. I could delete them and mention them in my question if you think that'd work better. – Spidercat Jul 27 '14 at 1:32
  • Then just let the answers come. For example, see this one: meta.pets.stackexchange.com/questions/159/… – John Cavan Jul 27 '14 at 1:32
  • Bathing is pet-specific. You bathe your pet, and that's really it. Cleaning seems to be more broad. You might have questions about cleaning the house before getting a new puppy, or cleaning a fish tank. I can see where there's an overlap, but I think both tags have distinct purposes. – jeremy Jul 27 '14 at 21:03

I see being a subset of fairly readily, but there's a natural tendency for bathing to be related to living creatures and cleaning to inanimate ones. For example, you bath your dog and clean your car.

So, what I think it boils down to is a tweak to the wiki. There hasn't been overlap yet, which tends to support my thought that people will gravitate to the usage, so I would be inclined to keep them apart for now.


We are far along enough now that we should be able to address these types of issues through the existing SE structure.

Make a suggestion, and everyone votes on it through the existing process.




  • You do need to have some activity in a tag before you can propose or vote, so that's still a little iffy for the threshold right now on some less common tags. – John Cavan Jul 27 '14 at 14:22
  • That, and I don't have any real opinion on it being a synonym or not, just that if it isn't we should update one of the wikis. – Spidercat Jul 27 '14 at 15:54

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