The marginnote tag is mentioned for questions about the package marginnote:

{marginnote} is about typesetting non-floating notes in margins using the marginnote package.

However, AFAIK there is no tag for the feature of setting margin-notes. So often users use the tag {marginnote} also as a feature tag, even if they do not use package marginnote. There is also a tag marginpar but it is describes as

{marginpar} is a command that adds content to the margin of documents.

So this is a command tag related to \marginpar.

Feature tags AFAIK should use the plural. So could and should the confusion about tag {marginnote} be solved by adding a tag {margin-notes} or {marginnotes}? The description could be something like:

{marginnotes} is about how to place notes like text, pictures or other objects into the left or right margin. It can be used in addition to tags like {marginpar} (\marginpar is a command that adds content to the margin of documents) or {marginnote} (marginnote is a package to set non-floating notes in margins) or {sidenotes} (sidenotes is a package that allows text, figures etc. in the margin) or other without such tags.

In this case all false usages of {marginnote} can simply be changed into the new tag (which also could be added to questions already using {marginnote}).

In the past I have already removed the {marginnote} tag of several question but I do not know, how to do so for questions about the feature of setting margin-notes without using package marginnote, e.g,


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There are only around 500 questions altogether, 60 of which have both tags. If someone is asking about putting text in the margins an answer may quite possibly use marginnote even if the questioner had not known of that package. So I don't think it is really possible to separate these things as tags on questions.

So I would suggest that we merge the tags making marginpar and marginnote synonyms for marginnotes and changing the description of marginnotes to say that it covers all marginal notes whether made with marginnote package or standard \marginpar or other means.

  • In this case shouldn't the tag be named marginnotes, because tex.meta.stackexchange.com/q/302/9057 says, topic notes should use the plural? And then shouldn't sidenotes also be a synonym? Commented Apr 8, 2019 at 9:57
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    @Schweinebacke yes and yes Commented Apr 8, 2019 at 10:06
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    If I understand you, you want a new tag marginnotes with a description more like "{marginnotes} is about how to place notes like text, pictures or other objects into the left or right margin, e.g., using command \marginpar or a package like marginnote or sidenotes or another approach". And the tags marginnote, marginpar and sidenotes should become a synonym to marginnotes. Correct? IMHO this would be fine too. Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 16:04
  • @Schweinebacke yes that's what I meant. Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 16:05

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