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I think most of the times, these two terms are redundant in music.SE.

Perhaps one could make one the synonym of the other.

Your opinion?

EDIT: I mean, I see many questions on guitar construction, tagged construction, also tagged lutherie. I see this as redundant in most cases.

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No, lutherie is string instruments only. They are therefore not synonyms. Possibly lutherie could be seen as too specific, but I don't see why.

  • In several languages, lutherie is applied to wind instrument as well. – ogerard Jun 1 '11 at 12:01
  • @ogerard: Well, not in English. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lutherie – Lennart Regebro Jun 1 '11 at 12:08
  • @Lennart : I know that, it was not exactly my point. Please see my question edit. – ogerard Jun 1 '11 at 12:19
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    @ogerard: Right, nobody is going to ask questions about lutherie in general that is about both guitars, lutes and cellos. So in fact you are saying that it is too general and will always be qualified with "guitar" as well. In which case "construction" would work as well as "lutherie". I think it will be confusing to make them synonyms, but I see your point. – Lennart Regebro Jun 1 '11 at 13:42
  • Hmm, that's a good point about [guitar][construction] being the same as [lutherie]. The problem is, as Lennart says, that lutherie isn't a real synonym of construction. And we can't just remove it, since the Guitars people use "lutherie" so often. – Matthew Read Jun 1 '11 at 14:10
  • @Matthew: So although making them synonyms might be confusing, not making them synonyms might be even more confusing. :-) – Lennart Regebro Jun 2 '11 at 10:31
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The problem here is that we want people interested in general instrument construction to see questions tagged when they look at .

The only way that's possible is for questions tagged "lutherie" to also be tagged "construction".

On the other hand, questions tagged "electric-guitar" don't need to be tagged "guitar" as well. A search for will show as well, since "guitar" is a substring of "electric-guitar".

Summary: Duplication is not necessary for some tags, but it is unfortunately necessary here.

  • Unless we want to rename lutherie to lutherie-construction, but I don't think we do. – Matthew Read Jun 1 '11 at 13:33

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