When do I use tag “Jewish” vs “Jewish_roots”?

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When do I use tag “Jewish” vs “Jewish_roots”? My 8 youngest brick wall ancestors are all Jewish. Should I be tagging G2G posts about each one with both tags or only one? Which one? Is there a difference between the tags?
in Policy and Style by Ted Sarvata G2G2 (2.0k points)
recategorized by Jillaine Smith

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Best answer

This kind of situation is frustrating. Because each post can have no more than 6 tags and each member can follow no more than 20 tags, it's desirable to standardize tags so that individual posts and members don't have to use up all of their tag allotments on redundant tags. But people's behavior doesn't allow that to happen.

The project for Jewish genealogy is the Jewish Roots project. That project follows the tag jewish_roots and asks its members to do the same. There are 69 members following jewish_roots.

With jewish_roots as the designated standard, people should not be using the tag jewish. But people have persisted in using the tag jewish, too, so we have 43 members following jewish, and (to ensure that important posts aren't overlooked) active project members like Robert Hvitfeldt are following both tags and using both tags on their posts here. If Jewish Roots leaders, coordinators, and other active members would try to get others to standardize on jewish_roots, maybe it would be possible to stop having to use both tags.

Added: The above post reflects my perspective as a G2G Moderator. To enhance the usefulness of G2G, we Moderators work to encourage the consistent use of standard tags.

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
selected by Anonymous Burnett

please tell me how to insert those 2 tags into the existing and new profiles I am creating. I am new and it is always easier to do it right first time, than try and retrace and fix jewish_roots

+6 votes
For G2G, my understanding is that ‘Jewish Roots’ is a tag referring to the Jewish Roots Project.  ‘Jewish’is a general tag for all things Jewish: genealogy, of course, but also history, culture, music, etc.  I use both when asking a question here.
by Robert Hvitfeldt G2G6 Pilot (146k points)

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