We are having an increasing number of tags being created, many are a simple case of being synonyms.

For example: cat and cats

How can we create tag synonyms in these early stages?

  • 1
    You wouldn't make a synonym in this case. Synonyms are used when there are two different words with the same meaning. You would pick one ([cats] is correct here) and retag. The text completion completion will take care of the rest. Down the road a bit, it will require higher reputation to create new tags so this type of problem passes quickly. – Robert Cartaino Oct 9 '13 at 13:03
  • 1
    @RobertCartaino can you elaborate on down the road a bit? Do the privilege milestones change upon moving from private to public beta? Or is there another transition point between now and graduation? – psubsee2003 Oct 10 '13 at 15:21
  • 1
    @psubsee2003 Yes, sites start out with reduced reputation requirements to help bootstrap the process. After each phase (private beta, public beta, graduation), the levels are incrementally raised back to the normal levels. I believe this chart is reasonably up to date: Reputation requirements compared – Robert Cartaino Oct 10 '13 at 15:35

I don't believe we can yet.

Users with more than 1250 reputation and a total answer score of 5 or more on the tag, can suggest tag synonyms.

Until we get users with that amount of reputation (which probably won't take too long), we'll have to wait until pro tem moderators are appointed.


The Stack Exchange community team keeps a close eye on newly launched sites to make sure everything goes smoothly. They usually take care of the moderating duties until we have pro tems.

If you think a synonym is appropriate, make a post about it on meta. If there is a community consensus, you could try flagging the post for moderator attention. Someone on the comms team would see it and handle the flag.


For cases where we want a synonym, as JohnB said the best bet is to make a tag-specific post. (I've seen that on other sites even when there are mods -- the community should be involved in making the decision, after all.)

But not all currently-redundant tags should be synonyms. The questions tagged were tagged before existed; had the latter existed, somebody typing "cat" would have been offered . There is no reason to create a synonym there; this is a matter of (a) early tags that we should just clean up and (b) teaching users new to SE to pay attention to the auto-complete offerings. I don't think there's ever a reason to have a synonym that is a proper subset of its associated tag; synonyms are to catch cases of different vocabulary (e.g. if we decided that "discipline" and "training" should be synonyms -- I'm just making that example up, not proposing it).

Tags that were created and have no questions will age away on their own, but it takes months. In these early stages we may want to request burnination of and any other common mis-tags just to prevent accidental selection.


You must log in to answer this question.