Do we need and when we already have and ?

Not all puts and calls have to do with options (e.g. there are put warrants, call warrants, puttable bonds, callable bonds, etc.), but it looks like all the existing questions in the "puts" and "calls" tags are about options.

  • Maybe you could describe exactly what you are proposing in an answer. For example should they become tag synonyms in future? – GS - Apologise to Monica Sep 2 '20 at 21:51
  • @GS-ApologisetoMonica In the question, I mentioned: "I am in favor of merging 'puts' into 'put-options' and 'calls' into 'call-options'". Should I duplicate that statement in an answer? – Flux Sep 3 '20 at 6:18
  • I don't mind too much about the format if there aren't any competing suggestions (if there are then separate answers make it easier to judge support). Normally when we merge tags it's obvious that they should be "permanently" merged so we define a synonym too. But here you point out that there would be legitimate usage of the tags to mean different things, it's just not happening at the moment. So it's not completely obvious that we should have a synonym, though I would be inclined to ahve one anyway. – GS - Apologise to Monica Sep 3 '20 at 7:13
  • @GS-ApologisetoMonica Okay, I've posted my (modified) suggestion as an answer. – Flux Sep 3 '20 at 7:52


  1. Move all the "puts" and "calls" questions into "put-options" and "call-options".

    Reasoning: All "puts" and "calls" questions are currently about options. It makes little sense to have multiple tags that deal with exactly the same topic. I don't think tag synonyms are appropriate, because there are legitimate uses of "puts" and "calls" outside options.

  2. Delete the "puts" and "calls" tags.

    Reasoning: The generic "puts" and "calls" tags should be deleted because they are too tempting to use for options. For uses outside options, there is currently no demand so deletion is safe. To avoid the use of "puts" and "calls" in the future, instrument-specific tags could be created when the need arises (e.g. "put-warrants", "callable-bonds", etc.).

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    Unless I've misremembered/misunderstood what's possible, it's hard to truly "delete" a tag. We can remove all current usage but someone with enough rep can just recreate it when writing a question. We need help from SE staff to actively blacklist a tag to stop it ever being used and it's unlikely to be worth it for a small case like this. On the other hand a synonym is a bit like deleting in that when someone tries to use "puts" they get "put-options" instead - so the tag can't be used but people are always directed towards one specific alternative. As you say it's not perfect for this case. – GS - Apologise to Monica Sep 3 '20 at 9:24

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