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I asked a question about the terminology in animal models of disease, and had lots of trouble finding tags. There were and , but no or or or or or . I think that the site can use at least one of my "models" suggestion, and I would leave it to the community here to decide which one is best.

Second, I used the tag mostly out of desperation, but I don't think it is a very good tag. It is a word which can be understood very differently in different contexts, and in my experience, this makes it a bad tag. I used it because preclinical models are a tool in biology research. But the only other question which uses it is about the daily academic life of a biology scientist, which is a different use. I also anticipate that it will someday be used in non-constructive ways: somebody can construe it as to be used when a question asks "is there research on the topic I want to ask about", which is probably true of most questions on the site. Another problem would if a user thinks "I am doing research (= seeking more information) on X, so I will tag my question with X and research" - this certainly covers 100% of the question on the site and completely defeats the purpose of the tag.

My suggestion would be to rename, and maybe split, the research tag into something like and , or any more suitable expressions.

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I think is a good tag, and I have added that to your question. I agree that is too vague. I followed your suggestion and split it. Feel free to add wiki summaries for all three.

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  • $\begingroup$ Note that [tag: animal model] may be confused with the statistical model used in genetics and evolutionary ecology called animal model (see e.g. An ecologist's guide to the animal model). A clear tag description might therefore be needed. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater May 24 '14 at 20:02

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