Right now we have the following tags that are related to buddhist texts.

Most seem rather redundant to me, but which tags should we mark as synonym?

Personally I'm in favor of keeping for questions about the pali canon in general and for questions about specific buddhist texts. We can mark , and as synonym of sutras. The one tag I'm not sure what to do with is

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Great suggestion! I would make a synonym of (is there any other canon in Buddhism?)

Not all texts belong to either or though, even in Theravada e.g. Milinda-panha, Visuddhimagga. Plus, there are Mahayana & Vajrayana texts that are not sutras.

One approach is to standardize on as the most encompassing tag, to be accompanied by another tag specifying a school e.g.

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    Interesting point about the pali canon being the only canon. I'm not sure if that's true (sorry) so I have asked the question on the main site buddhism.stackexchange.com/q/2428/157 Commented Aug 2, 2014 at 11:47
  • I don't have any personal knowledge of this but this answer indicates a Chinese canon: buddhism.stackexchange.com/questions/1525/…
    – Robin111
    Commented Aug 2, 2014 at 13:38
  • Yes, i suppose my point re:canon is arguable (although both Kanjur and Chinese body of Buddhist literature both being fuzzy / open-ended collections they are hardly canons in strict Western sense of the word) -- but practically speaking i don't expect many people to routinely tag or search for Kanjur / Chinese texts using the "canon" tag. Heck, i dont really expect more than a handful questions on these.
    – Andriy Volkov Mod
    Commented Aug 2, 2014 at 15:17
  • It might be more efficient for someone to be able to (for example) hit a tag of "tibetan-buddhism texts" than "tibetan-buddhism" and "texts" to zero in on the particular texts they were seeking without having to sort through all things marked "texts".
    – Robin111
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 14:39

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