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I was looking at a question tagged [windows2008] and thought it would be more appropriately tagged [windows-server-2008]. A quick check showed that [windows2008] had less than 10 questions associated whereas [windows-server-2008] had several hundred.

Is it safe to assume that where two tags are obviously referring to the same concept the tag with the highest number of associated questions (by a significant margin) is the most appropriate?

Also, is it helpful for me to retag in these cases or am I fixing a non-problem?

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marked as duplicate by Jeff Atwood Jan 12 '10 at 0:30

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Here on meta, non-problems get fixed all the time :) – balpha Jan 11 '10 at 17:09
You could just do it yourself, that's the whole idea of this community-run stuff.. :P Also see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/retag-request – Gnome Jan 11 '10 at 17:16

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I haven't gotten involved in retagging or merging myself (maybe in the future), but I would post a question on here so it can be discussed by the community under any of the following conditions:

  • There is any doubt as to the difference in meaning/subject between tags
  • There are a lot of questions in the tag proposed to be removed, relative to the other tag(s) involved
  • The tag proposed to be removed has more than a handful of questions

It's probably best to err on the side of caution, IMO.

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I would edit this question, if I had enough rep, but consider:

[windows-server-2008]: 329 questions
[windows-2008]:         25 questions
[windows2008]:           3 questions

Also, please add the "retag-request" tag to this question. :)

EDIT: You can fit the tag lengths as x and the number of questions as y to the following equation: y = 2.67*x*x + 39.6*x + 114.57

Just in case you are wondering.

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