There are (at this writing) 8 questions tagged . I'm having trouble seeing what this tag adds to questions that are already tagged , , , , , etc.

Do we need this tag? If so, what is its purpose?

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The therapy used to cure health or behavioral problems in pets.

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Treatment is the method or therapy used to cure health or behavioral problems in pets. This tag can also be used for questions about the application of treatment to pets. This tag should be used along with the pet tag E.g dogs, cats, etc accompanied by the appropriate tag health, behavior, etc.

  • possible duplicate of Treat and Treatment tags
    – user87
    Nov 13, 2013 at 4:48
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    Don't think this qualifies as an exact dup, the linked one did touch on treatement, but ended up pluralizing treats - this speaks right to treatment itself.
    – user105
    Nov 13, 2013 at 5:52
  • Monica; meta up are agree, down are disagree. If your intent is to remove the "treatment" tag, rephrase your question to something akin to "Should treatment tag be removed or made a synonym?" I suspect you want it removed, but positive action towards your question preferences keeping it.
    – JoshDM
    Nov 13, 2013 at 6:10
  • I think it would be good to get people who have worked in Veterinary hospitals to answer.. but then the community doesn't seem to worried about this. I guess it's the general person who is searching, not professionals
    – user87
    Nov 13, 2013 at 6:28
  • @JoshDM, I know how meta works. I asked an open question; it's not a specific proposal. Valid answers include "keep it (because...)" and "no, kill it". It feels like redundant clutter to me, but I'm asking, not pushing. Nov 13, 2013 at 13:48
  • Np; +1 I agree that this question should be asked.
    – JoshDM
    Nov 13, 2013 at 13:57

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"treatment" has been strategically replaced with any or none of the following based on the question asked: , , , . No synonyms provided.

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    Awesome. One thing to note, though - as the site gets bigger, we might want to do these changes in stages to avoid flooding the front page and pushing new questions away. It is not that large of a problem at the moment, but something to keep in mind. :)
    – user53
    Nov 13, 2013 at 19:17
  • @AshleyNunn - Consider that if we get "SO" bigger, a "flood" like that won't be noticed. Also, questions can always be sorted by latest over activity by entering the questions tab.
    – JoshDM
    Nov 13, 2013 at 19:56
  • It does get noticed on sites the size of, say, Arqade, which is where my experience is coming from. There, we tend to do things in chunks to not flood the frontpage, because although the questions tab is totally a thing, it is not something everyone uses or is aware of. :) I am not really worried at this point, and love the edits you have been so diligently doing, I just figured maybe mentioning it might not go amiss :)
    – user53
    Nov 13, 2013 at 20:01
  • N.P. I find it easier to just do it all at once so I don't forget what the task was.
    – JoshDM
    Nov 13, 2013 at 20:03
  • In this case there were relatively few questions (8?), but for larger refactorings I agree with Ashley. Yes there are ways to get around it, but I hate seeing the front page flooded. I think systematic changes that are going to bump a bunch of questions should be done in batches of 5-10. If a widely-used tag needs to die, we can request burnination (which doesn't bump questions). Nov 13, 2013 at 23:26
  • At least one of the bumped questions got a new answer today, so it's not a total loss. I did the one that treatment was least applicable to yesterday.
    – JoshDM
    Nov 14, 2013 at 2:24

I am of the mind that refers to an application, such as a monthly preventative. There are no other "treatment" scenarios I can imagine that do not involve monthly, potentially prescribed, applications. I believe by that definition should be a synonym of at best, removed at worst.

Any form of physical therapy should fall under or .

"Treatment" as monthly applications, which should instead use :

"Treatment" as direct health care which should probably just use (optionally , but those two are another story altogether) instead:

Unsure; possibly some sort of or if needed at all

In some of those deemed , "therapy" is an answer, but not part of the question. I am of the opinion that tags refer to the question, not the answer; therefore a tag or using to represent therapy should not be applied.

  • I've discovered injury, which will see some use.
    – JoshDM
    Nov 13, 2013 at 18:24

I think we should remove the tag. As noted in the question, it's being used in lots of different areas -- health, training, and more. On its own it doesn't mean much, nor is it a useful search term (it's too vague).

I don't think we should make it a synonym; as indicated by the range of questions, there isn't one single thing that it's a synonym of.

  • I'ma gonna go nuke this tag.
    – JoshDM
    Nov 13, 2013 at 18:10
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    Aaaaaand, done.
    – JoshDM
    Nov 13, 2013 at 18:35

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