I just found a question tagged bot, (x2) and (x198). Does that really make sense? One could argue the former is for the service, while the latter is for the app. Wrong: Both questions tagged 'google-mail' are about the app (GMail app setup, install google apps).

Thinking about it: All our google apps tags tart with google-* (e.g. google-play-[store|music|books|movies], or google-[maps|talk|voice|calendar|plus|...]. So a tag like google-mail makes absolutely sense to me, and would count as "consolidation". Hence my suggestion:

Merge the two making google-mail the master and gmail a synonym to it. There's not a lot of tag wiki for either of them (just an excerpt on gmail which could easily be cut'n'paste (for Germans: Guttenberg-Schavant ;)).

  • TBH, I would have thought the other way would make more sense. Do people actually refer to it as "Google Mail" anymore? The official branding is simply "Gmail", whereas the other ones are all officially "Google [whatever]" (Maps, Play, etc) so their tags follow the actual names. /cc @Flow Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 14:43
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    People can still use the gmail tag. It will just be rewritten to google-mail. Most people I know refer to it as 'Google Mail'. But that may depends on where you live. gmail was a trademark in germany, so google couldn't use it for years.
    – Flow
    Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 17:36
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    @Flow: They can still "use" it, sure, but the tag will not display as "gmail". I guess that simply seems counterintuitive to me since the name of the app (and web service) is "Gmail". Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 18:23
  • If you want to match the format of the existing tags, google-maps, google-calendar, etc. then shouldn't be google-gmail?! (Although I wouldn't recommend that.) We had the same issue in the UK... it was officially known as Googlemail for a long time, and I still encounter these email addresses. However, we still used the term gmail in common usage. I'm torn, but I think gmail is a special case.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 23:41
  • The name of the product is Gmail.
    – ale
    Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 0:38

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Good catch. By popular demand now points to .

  • The official name for the app is "Gmail".
    – ale
    Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 23:48

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