At the moment, at least the following tags exist in the spacing/alignment area:

I would leave , , , and alone. For the rest, I propose the following:

EDIT: As a week has passed and my proposal has gained some upvotes and no downvotes, I ask a moderator to create synonyms and merge existing tags according to points 3 and 4 of my proposal. (Questions tagged with or will be retagged manually, including the modification proposed by Seamus.)

  • Points 3 and 4 completed: let me know when I can 'status-complete' this one.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:49
  • @Joseph: Status is "complete".
    – lockstep
    Apr 10, 2011 at 17:42

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I think alignment and spacing are distinct enough concepts that if the spacing tag is surviving, so should the alignment tag. While alignment might well be achieved by using spacing commands, there is a conceptual difference. What I object to is reassigning alignment questions to spacing. That seems to go against the distinction between the concepts.

In response to lockstep's comments, here's what I'd suggest. Try and retag alignment questions with either horizontal-alignment or vertical-alignment and if that fails, use rather than . This seems more in the spirit of the difference between spacing and alignment.

Otherwise I endorse the rest of the suggestions.

  • I should have been more precise -- I would try to reassign {alignment} questions to either {horizontal-alignment} or {vertical-alignment} (in some instances, both tags may be fitting). If none of these tags seems proper, I would consider {spacing} as a last resort.
    – lockstep
    Mar 31, 2011 at 17:09
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    Furthermore, the {positionig} tag could be used for "non-standard" cases.
    – lockstep
    Mar 31, 2011 at 17:13
  • @lockstep see edit. I think that's a better idea.
    – Seamus
    Mar 31, 2011 at 17:17

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