I was browsing the tags on Sports SE and arrived at the tag synonyms for .

There you can see listed as a synonym alongside , , and .

Offside is a foul or a condition in many sports, but is not synonymous with officiating, referee or umpire. should be removed from those synonyms.

  • Hmm. I think that was one of Ed's. Anyone else have ideas? Jul 8 '18 at 2:16
  • If I am reading the list of synonyms correctly, the synonym was created in January 2013. I found discussion around that time neither in chat nor on meta - maybe somebody has better luck searching than me.
    – Martin
    Jul 9 '18 at 7:33
  • Of course, it is clear that tag synonym is not the same thing as usual meaning of the word synonym. (So the tags that are chosen as synonyms do not necessarily have to be synonymous in the usual sense of the word.)
    – Martin
    Jul 9 '18 at 7:34
  • I agree with Nij, I don't think it needs a separate tag. Jul 10 '18 at 2:03

Determining whether a particular situation, regardless of sport, involves

  • an offside position

  • an offside offence

  • any appropriate penalty, and

  • how to indicate the offside

are all aspects of officiating.

This synonym is perfectly appropriate and should remain.

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