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I have been notified that has been made synonymous to various non-interchangeably variants wrt python-3.x:

python-3.1, python-3.2, python-3.3, python3.2

Of that list, only python-3.2 and python3.2 is a subset of synonymous tag names and should probably get its own association. Merely the following are alternative spellings of python-3.x. (I'm not a python programmer; don't know whether py3k and python3k are something different.) These synonyms are fine:

python-3, python3, py3k, python3k

The first list of synonyms should be removed as they don't work.

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In reference to this answer. –  M. Tibbits Aug 31 '11 at 5:52
    

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I nuked the synonyms cause we never intended for the synonym system to be used as a tag hierarchy.

The synonym is clearly wrong, but as @MTibbits suggests, usage of the tags may also be wrong. I prefer that the tags be cleaned up on the few questions than have an incorrect synonym in the system.

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I disagree. Looking through many of the questions tagged as , , , and , there aren't very many at all which are version specific.

Python 3.1

From currently has 18 questions. The following do not appear to be directly related to version 3.1:

Several have 3.1 proudly displayed in their text, but the issues discussed are not version specific. These next few may be specific to version 3.1, but should they be or ?

And while I'm currently out of flags, these don't appear to fit the Q&A format:

Python 3.2

Without question, I think (with 8 questions) -> (with 23 questions). These are quite similar to the 3.1 questions where only a few appear to really be version specific. In fact, I think only these three:

are version specific. Perhaps this one too:

but I would've preferred to see that on Ask Ubuntu.

Python 3.3

Summary

If there are version specific issues to the bugs, errors, features, in Python 3.1, 3.2, or 3.3, then sure let's keep the tag(s). However, given that there are only about a dozen questions, is it really necessary to include the major version as well as the minor version? Personally, I think the correct premise is to use the .

As a pragmatist, I'm seeing a ton of things misclassified and little added by including the major and minor release versions. For those interested in the most recent version, or the outstanding issues, I think this information could just as easily be obtained by searching for Python 3.3 or looking at unanswered bugs, errors, etc without necessitating .

Disclaimer

I'm not a huge Python programmer. I haven't done anything in Python 3 -- so I may very well be misclassifying the questions above. I didn't approve or suggest these synonym -- I'm not trying to get a badge or something, just tossing in my $0.02.

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If a usability group comes together and decides to improve python3.3, they might want to decide to start collecting the most confusing parts of python3.3. by looking into the SO data dump for python3.3 questions. Searching tag names for python3.3 and alternative spellings, they would also find python3.1 questions if we keep these synonyms. Taken consequently, the argument "but they often appear together" could also be used to make "java" and "classes" synonymous, which would be equally wrong. Tag hierarchies would be nice IMO, but this is not the right way to get them. –  Johannes Schaub - litb Aug 31 '11 at 6:18
    
I understand your hierarchical argument. However, as a pragmatist, I'm seeing a ton of things misclassified and little added by including the major and minor release versions. I think this information could just as easily be obtained by searching for "Python 3.3" or looking at unanswered python-3.x bugs, errors, etc. –  M. Tibbits Aug 31 '11 at 7:05
    
It just occurred to me, that this may be a simple misunderstanding. I'm not advocating for the synonym. I'm advocating for the removal of the python-3.1, python-3.2, python3.2, and python-3.3 tags. (And in their place I would suggest adding python-3.x to those questions) –  M. Tibbits Aug 31 '11 at 7:26
    
@MT then your answer needs editing. I'm asking for removing the synonyms. But you say "I disagree." bold at the begin of your answer. If what you say in your last comment is what you mean, then there is nothing to disagree with me. –  Johannes Schaub - litb Sep 3 '11 at 11:56

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