HT is definitely the more common jardon, but "handheld" is less jargon-y for those new to radio. Should we prefer one over the other (and/or tag synonym one to the other), or should we allow using both side by side if desired?
Yes the tags can be synonyms.
I suggest we use Handheld as the master.
$\begingroup$ That still leaves the question of what that one tag should be.
handheld? Tags typically don't contain ampersands. $\endgroup$ Oct 22, 2013 at 20:36
$\begingroup$ You can use either and they system will make them identical. $\endgroup$– dcaswellOct 22, 2013 at 20:36
$\begingroup$ ...yes, but you have to tell the system to do that, and it requires a 'master' tag which all other synonyms will be turned into. So there's still the question of which should be the master. $\endgroup$ Oct 22, 2013 at 20:37
$\begingroup$ Thanks for helping me clarify -- I updated the answer. $\endgroup$– dcaswellOct 22, 2013 at 20:40
2$\begingroup$ handheld If possible, add handy (and handie) as a synonym. (Will the system translate synonyms to the master if asked?) $\endgroup$ Oct 22, 2013 at 20:49
1$\begingroup$ Synonyms are automatically translated into the master tag, yes. (I can't actually suggest the synonym yet because it requires 1250 rep. A moderator could go ahead and add it, though.) $\endgroup$ Oct 22, 2013 at 20:52
I have merged these tags as suggested. portable is still a separate tag to refer to any handheld (or portable) equipment rather than a radio. handheld is now a synonym of ht. I kept ht as the master for the following reasons:
- More popular in existing use - 6 uses of ht to 3 uses of handheld (plus 2 with both)
- More descriptive name - even though ht is an abbreviation, it more accurately reflects what the tag is used for. "HT" is nearly universally understood, while "handheld" could refer to a cell phone or GPS receiver.
If we see any other alternative spellings used ([tag:handy, handie, handheld-transceiver) then we'll make more synonyms. (Unless I'm missing something, I can't mod-create a synonym unless the proposed synonym is actually in use.)