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Now that a batch-retagging feature has seemingly been implimented (for moderators), a tag merge request:

svn is an abbreviation for subversion - the two could be merged, probably into the more commonly used svn?

This is the case on both StackOverflow and ServerFault

Edit: The subversion tag is back.. Used about 33 times on SO..

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Took a while to parse the first sentence. Probably needs s/Not/Now - not enough rep yet to edit it myself. – laalto Jul 5 '09 at 21:05
@laalto - fixed (I think) – Marc Gravell Jul 5 '09 at 21:17
I'd hold off on doing this until a feature is implemented to "strongly suggest" using 'svn' if someone types 'subversion', otherwise you'll just have to keep doing it. The same would go for 'hg' -> 'mercurial', 'bk' -> bitkeeper, etc. – Tim Post Jul 9 '09 at 12:28
"ops! Your edit couldn't be submitted because: must include one of these tags -- bug feature-request discussion support" erm, okay – dbr Jul 17 '09 at 11:27
Removed, but it highlights tinkertim's point. = – Marc Gravell Jul 17 '09 at 11:33
Yep :/ – dbr Jul 17 '09 at 11:39
up vote 12 down vote accepted

Agreed they are duplicates. I propose we leave this here for a day or so simply to gather agreement that svn is the desired master (which is my assumption).

Default: keep svn, remove subversion; any dissenters speak now...

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+1 for this action – Paolo Bergantino Jul 5 '09 at 20:39
+1 for keeping svn – VonC Jul 5 '09 at 20:45
Personally, i like subversion much more than svn... but looking at the current usage, svn is not only more popular, it fits better with related tags (svn-merge, tortoisesvn ...) So, ++ - merge away... – Shog9 Jul 5 '09 at 20:49
(note I deliberately wiki'd this in case anyone thinks I'm just after rep for clicking a few simple buttons ;-p) – Marc Gravell Jul 5 '09 at 20:52
Your community-wiki'ing wont protect you from the +15 of Accepted-answer'ness :P – dbr Jul 5 '09 at 23:10
Actually, yes it will. AFAIK, there is no +15 on wiki – Marc Gravell Jul 6 '09 at 6:50
Opps, true, I misread another question which (I thought) implied there was.. – dbr Jul 6 '09 at 11:21
subversion shall perish! Long live svn! – Eric Jul 6 '09 at 15:07

This is more a question than an answer, but surely in time the "subversion" tag will creep back in? Is there a mechanism to suggest "svn" to users that type "subversion" in the tagging box?

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A mechanism has been proposed, but there is no process/system for that just yet. – Marc Gravell Jul 8 '09 at 11:59
I agree, its very likely that people will continue to type subversion, since its the full name of the project. The same would go for hg -> mercurial. – Tim Post Jul 9 '09 at 12:27

Are we going to have new question for each retag proposal?

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Not sure, but this was the first one, before was created :P – dbr Jul 6 '09 at 18:44
Yes, at least that's what Marc Gravell had in mind, I think… – Jonik Jul 7 '09 at 12:18
I'm happy either way; this one has about 30: – Marc Gravell Jul 8 '09 at 12:00

The "subversion" tag is back and attempting to reassert its presence. We need a permanent alias to excise the scourge of its existence once and for all.

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Great, so now we have hg going to mercurial, BUT subversion going to svn.

I think this is mega confusing.

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