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I'm specifically thinking of the tags lwp and perl-lwp these both mean exactly the same thing and as far as google is concerned lwp has only one meaning. I'm wondering if it would be appropriate to retag posts to only one of these 2 so in the end only one exists?

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What about all the Lotus Word Pro questions?! –  Peter Ajtai Aug 8 '10 at 22:39

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Assuming [lwp] and [perl-lwp] are actually used interchangeably, it's definitely ok and happens all the time; there's actually a couple 10k tools specifically for finding new synonymous tags and easily retagging them, and a moderator tool to merge tags immediately. If there's a lot of retags needed, you can request here that a moderator do the retagging instead with that tool (just tag the question [retag-request]). You can also propose a tag synonym on the info page of one of the tags; there's more info about tag synonyms on the blog

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What 10k tools are you talking about? AFAIK there is only "questions with newly created tags". –  Georg Fritzsche Aug 9 '10 at 0:17
    
@Georg And the inline tagging interface, which is massively useful for retagging –  Michael Mrozek Aug 9 '10 at 1:04
    
Ah, i forgot that was 10k only. So we have two, not a couple. –  Georg Fritzsche Aug 9 '10 at 1:14
    
@Georg Huh? A couple is "approximately two". If I'd known it'd be so analyzed I would've combed through all the 10k tools and said "I am confident that the number of tagging-related tools is precisely two", but at the time I was thinking "well there's a list of new tags, and the retagging interface, and maybe some other stuff I don't use, so I'll say 'a couple'" –  Michael Mrozek Aug 9 '10 at 1:23
    
Reading "a couple" (i.e. some) i was confused as to what other tools you might be thinking of. It seems to imply that there are more. Note that i didn't criticize, just clarified that for me and others that might have the same confusion. –  Georg Fritzsche Aug 9 '10 at 12:43

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