The and tags should be merged.

The canonical tag should be because only has 2 questions, and is shorter.

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    Tag synonyms are usually for things that mean the same thing. An error is not the same as an error code. Nov 5, 2014 at 0:39
  • @StephenOstermiller Correct, but the questions currently using the tag error-code don't specifically have something to do with an error code.
    – William
    Nov 5, 2014 at 11:09
  • Then the correct thing to do would be to edit those questons and change the tag to "error" for those two questions Nov 5, 2014 at 11:25
  • I disagree about them not being related to error codes. The error codes for the two questions are "404" and "6" respectively Nov 5, 2014 at 11:29

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Error codes could be considered a subset (i.e., an indication) of errors, specifically in regards to HTTP errors. Errors are much more encompassing and could refer to really any sort of error however, be it an application error or otherwise...

Therefore these two tags should remain un-unmerged, even if one was used much less. However, as with many tags on this site, we really could use a wiki summary for both the error an error-code tags, for which a shiny new badge would be awarded for the effort, and you'd show up on this list :-)

More wiki summaries would really help clarify which tags to use and search on, and likely result in less confusion in cases like this where the user might just select both since they seem to be similar.

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