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You can now propose and vote for new tag synonyms.

Are synonyms with enough votes automatically promoted to a synonym, or are votes just suggestions to Mods that it's a good idea?

Some clarification on this new feature would be great.

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wow, when did that get implemented? I completely missed this feature – juan Jul 22 '10 at 13:45
And it's also on the new SE sites... coolness all around – juan Jul 22 '10 at 13:49
@Juan, must have been late last night (Pacific time, or maybe early Australia time....) Ask @waffles, he would prolly know. – jjnguy Jul 22 '10 at 13:54
up vote 4 down vote accepted

The tooltip on the voting control says "total votes (when a synonym gets a score of 3 it is automatically approved)".

So it would appear to be completely automatic.

Since the threshold is so low, I'm curious if there is a reputation threshold for the vote itself. Waffles commented on my tag synonyms system proposal saying "status-completed" so I'm assuming there is a threshold, but probably lower than the 5k I proposed (since I also proposed a vote system with thresholds of +5/-5 instead of 3). Anyone with a test account want to take a peek?

EDIT: This is now more clear. A proposal is accepted at +4, and rejected at -2. You currently need 2k rep to be able to vote (either way).

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I should have noticed that. So, it really only takes 3 people to approve a new tag synonym. – jjnguy Jul 22 '10 at 17:35

Every new feature on SO worked like this.

They are pushed live with no explanation, but a blog post quickly follows it explaining it in detail.

I guess it's their way of beta-testing things with low traffic (you need to find it yourself) and with no knowledge of how it works (tests usability)

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badge-request for proposing synonyms in 3... 2... 1... – juan Jul 22 '10 at 13:56
That's actually a good idea. Creating synonyms is a behavior that the SE sites should want to encourage. There should be a badge for it. – jjnguy Jul 22 '10 at 14:00
Check out the tag synonyms page on SO. Bill the Lizard is in line for a gold badge already (although he cheated...). – mmyers Jul 22 '10 at 14:44
@mmy, yeah, if I could propose a tag and have it automatically be made a synonym that would be way too easy. – jjnguy Jul 22 '10 at 14:56
@Justin: Actually, he scraped the tag synonym question and generated a script to run all the INSERTs. – mmyers Jul 22 '10 at 15:05
@mmy, that is definitely cheating. – jjnguy Jul 22 '10 at 15:19

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