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I see that tag synonyms(aliases) exist, however, I can't seem to figure out how they actually get created. There's at least one question on meta where synonyms are proposed ... Is that something that only moderators can do, or can other users do that sort of thing?

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When you go to a tag there is a link for synonyms.

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When this link is clicked, you will see the following message:

Users with more than 2500 reputation and a total answer score of 5 or more on the tag, can suggest tag synonyms. Users with a total answer score (total upvotes minus total downvotes) of 5 or more on the tag, can vote for tag synonyms. Suggestions will be automatically approved when they reach a score of 4, and automatically deleted when they reach a score of -2.

Right below this message you will be able to suggest the synonym if you meet the requirements.

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no one shall forget the free hand circle ^_^ –  SPArchaeologist Jan 28 '13 at 16:24
    
I won't. Thanks, that's perfect. –  mgilson Jan 28 '13 at 16:24
    
@mgilson - hehe, wasn't refered to you. I was quoting a common meta meme. See this for reference ^_^ –  SPArchaeologist Jan 28 '13 at 16:35

Yes they can. See this page from the privilege section: link. Since the requirement is high, low rep user usually just post a request on meta so that others may do the work.

You also have the link in your privilege screen.

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Click here to check.

Edit: forgot the free-hand circle ^_^'

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Unfortunately 2500 rep is the easy part of the requirement, the hard part is having 5 upvotes on the exact tag. Being 35,000 or so existing tags. –  Bo Persson Jan 28 '13 at 21:37

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