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. ht? handheld? Tags typically don't contain ampersands. $\endgroup$ – Amber Oct 22 '13 at 20:36
  • $\begingroup$ You can use either and they system will make them identical. $\endgroup$ – dcaswell Oct 22 '13 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. $\endgroup$ – Amber Oct 22 '13 at 20:37
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for helping me clarify -- I updated the answer. $\endgroup$ – dcaswell Oct 22 '13 at 20:40
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    $\begingroup$ handheld If possible, add handy (and handie) as a synonym. (Will the system translate synonyms to the master if asked?) $\endgroup$ – Andrew Beals Oct 22 '13 at 20:49
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    $\begingroup$ 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.) $\endgroup$ – Amber Oct 22 '13 at 20:52

I have merged these tags as suggested. is still a separate tag to refer to any handheld (or portable) equipment rather than a radio. is now a synonym of . I kept as the master for the following reasons:

  • More popular in existing use - 6 uses of to 3 uses of (plus 2 with both)
  • More descriptive name - even though 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, , ) 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.)

  • $\begingroup$ It won't let me edit, but you are missing a closing bracket on the first tag: handy $\endgroup$ – Dan Feb 15 '14 at 15:55

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