Could someone please enlighten me what the difference between and is. Should they be merged?

Also, recently there were some questions about quotation marks, that used one (or both) of these tags. Should we add , or is enough (or maybe add a synonym?)

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quotation and quote are names of LaTeX enironments. They are different, though closely related. Nevertheless, I don't think it's worth to distinguish. Though I would not pick one and convert to other one into a synonym.

I suggest we use the concept tag similar to our other concept tags , etc. and convert and into synonyms of , which now covers further quoting environments and packages. Also by this, we would merge, so questions with both tags would keep only .


I think they are just two different notations of the same thing.

The Wikipaedia page of quotation says the same:

A quotation or quote is the repetition of one expression as part of another one, ...

Some people just used the first and others the second form and once both tags existed they popped up automatically when someone write quo... in the Tags field. Most people don't know the difference as well so they tag their questions with both, just to be sure.

I would say they should be merged, e.g. as synonym of .

And should be enough. Questions about s can simply be tagging with both and .

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    I agree, except with the last sentence. I think that questions about {quotation-mark}s should just be tagged {punctuation}. Feb 12, 2011 at 7:43
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    fyi, you can use tagname syntax to make the tags clickable.. this is preferable to typing {tag} in post bodies. Feb 12, 2011 at 15:50
  • Thanks @Jeff, I realized this recently. Is there a way to make them point to meta instead? I mean for tags which are only used on meta. Feb 12, 2011 at 15:52
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    yes do tagname Feb 12, 2011 at 17:01

It seems like there is consensus. Could some mod please merge and to .

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    How about {quoting} as the "consolidated" tag?
    – lockstep
    Feb 26, 2011 at 16:00
  • @lockstep: Thanks, that is what I actually wanted to write.
    – Caramdir
    Feb 26, 2011 at 16:19
  • done
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Feb 26, 2011 at 16:40
  • @Joseph: thank you
    – Caramdir
    Feb 26, 2011 at 16:41

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