As I was cleaning up tags and defining a few synonyms, I was again frustrated by the lack of consensus about two sets of tag names on answers to a prior meta question of mine. However, as I started actually looking through the questions, many seem to warrant both.
Most of the technical tag names I volunteered are systems (e.g. "endocrinology"). These are often more broad than organs (e.g. "thyroid"). Also, the technical terms sometimes don't encompass the questions people have about organs (is "blood" as in "donating blood" really about "hematology"?) This is confusing to think about meshing everything, but it also makes me happy because I wonder if both sets seen in the answers on that meta question might be appropriate.
This would mean that some questions (that do fit easily in both a system and an organ tag) would get two tags standardly, plus whatever else is relevant. So a question about drug treatment of Graves' Disease (a thyroid condition) might have:
This would require some upkeep. Not everybody knows what endocrinology is. (I have already defined "hormones" as a synonym; there may be others.) However, if our regular users are willing to edit tags on questions from new users as they come up, I think a clear, consistent tagging method would help the site be more useful.*
What do y'all think? Are we willing to do this? If not, is there another way to keep things organized?
*Because I always need a footnote for a post to feel complete. Other possible benefits include: keeping experienced users engaged with tag edits and minimizing duplicates by making existing Q&As on a topic easy to find.