We have the and tags. The tag excerpt of the first says:

For questions regarding the image displayed on the desktop background.

The tag excerpt of the second says:

Questions about using desktop backgrounds in Ubuntu.

So the tags are essentially about the same thing, i.e. about desktop wallpapers/backgrounds.

In the past it was proposed that the tag should be burninated because it was also used for issues with background tasks/processes, which led to the creation of the tag. However, the tag is still in use for desktop backgrounds.

I suggest that should become a synonym of .

Note: Before synonymization (if agreed) some retagging must be done to questions that use the tag but should have used the tag instead.

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    Some reference for those who may be unfamiliar with the process: meta.stackexchange.com/q/239190/662263
    – andrew.46 Mod
    Nov 2, 2023 at 3:12
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    +1 another synonym could be [desktop-background]
    – Zanna Mod
    Nov 2, 2023 at 10:55
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    I have joined in moving relevant tags from background to background-process. Looks complete now?
    – andrew.46 Mod
    Nov 2, 2023 at 20:46
  • Perhaps a week (from the time of posting of this question) is enough time to allow for comment before making the more definitive changes?
    – andrew.46 Mod
    Nov 5, 2023 at 2:34
  • A problem I identify is that "wallpaper" seems to presume a graphic bitmap image. That may not be accurate / inclusive enough of use cases, where a flat color is used for a desktop background. The term "Background" is not only inclusive of this scenario, but Ubuntu 20.04 with Gnome 3.36 uses this term in the settings app. (To complicate things a bit: on this desktop, the flat-color background has to be implemented with a bitmap image, because the feature to simply enter a hex color value had been dropped.)
    – Levente
    Nov 5, 2023 at 2:39
  • @Levente I see that the wallpaper tag has this description in the 'Usage guidance (excerpt)': 'For questions regarding the image displayed on the desktop background. ' It would be a fudge but perhaps this could be extended a little: 'For questions regarding the image or solid colour displayed on the desktop background. ' This could be explained further in the currently non-existent full tag wiki...
    – andrew.46 Mod
    Nov 8, 2023 at 1:01
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    Not sure if any more Community input will be forthcoming, we should proceed I suspect...
    – andrew.46 Mod
    Nov 14, 2023 at 6:45

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Let us make the main tag so as to be as unambiguous as possible, and let and be synonyms of that.

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    I have made the changes above...
    – andrew.46 Mod
    Nov 16, 2023 at 3:23
  • @andrew.46 Thank you! Nov 16, 2023 at 8:46

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