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If a tag is synonymised to a master tag:

Example> The master tag is music, a synonymised tag is jazz.

If people are searching jazz on the internet, does the jazz tag still catch search engines?

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I cannot believe I have asked a question, it has not been flagged as a dup, no comments, no answers.. hmm. I need to take a picture hahahahahaha –  user234193 Nov 13 '13 at 14:06
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Great question IMO - if this doesn't happen, it could potentially greatly negatively affect searchability. –  Dukeling Nov 13 '13 at 15:09
    
@Dukeling it makes choosing tag synonyms a more serious matter if they don't. I have tried to test searching for synonyms, but it's too hard to test. –  user234193 Nov 13 '13 at 15:12
    
In looking for this question, it doesn't look like it does (algorithm-design is a synonym of algorithm). –  Dukeling Nov 13 '13 at 15:16
    
@Dukeling it is showing up with the tag algorithm when you remove the "" google.com.au/… –  user234193 Nov 13 '13 at 15:20
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Yeah, not exactly the best example (it was just the closest one). I think -'s between words in Google are treated roughly (exactly?) the same as spaces and "design" has plenty of synonyms and it does appear on every page on Stack Overflow. With quotes is supposed to work. –  Dukeling Nov 13 '13 at 15:27
    
@Dukeling I was wondering about the hyphen also. –  user234193 Nov 13 '13 at 15:29
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Searching in quotes for hyphens for tags on a Stack Exchange site looks fine. –  Dukeling Nov 13 '13 at 15:38
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I can't quite .. figure out how to figure this out through testing it. Tossed it over to the devs to see if one of them happens to know. Interesting question nonetheless, I don't know if being a synonym precludes a tag from being chosen as the best one to tack onto the title. –  Tim Post Nov 22 '13 at 9:50
    
@Dukeling and I did our testing here.. and we could not find the answer lol –  user234193 Nov 22 '13 at 9:54

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