I set up the synonym suggestion for this several months ago, and a couple of weeks ago I decided to check on its progress. I discovered that I had gained no support at all. I also saw that flashcs5 had only twenty-something questions attached to it, and so decided to simply re-tag those questions with the correct tag and let flashcs5 quietly die. What seems to have happened is that instead of burninating, it has become a synonym without having to have the usual required community support.
Naturally if this is the desired behaviour (or if a mod has silently intervened) then I shall happily continue to sport my shiny new badge, but it did make me wonder if a false synonym could be created by following these steps:
- Create a question with a new tag
- Suggest the new tag as an inappropriate synonym
- Delete the previously created question
I've not tried this myself as it seems to take several days for any effect to be seen, and I didn't want to generate noise.