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[winapi] has a few tag-synonyms like [windows-api] and [win32-api], but the tag is shown as [winapi] since it was the most used tag.

But I think that [windows-api] is a better name. So how about that a mod could retag it to [windows-api]?

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bloody HELL! This is why indiscriminately deleting retag requests is a bad idea:

Tag merge request: [windows-api] and others into [winapi] on SO Feb 11
Retag Request [win32] -> [winapi] April 18
Please merge the “winapi” and “win32” tags on Stack Overflow. August 7 2009

Past practice has been to merge toward WinAPI. That's the common name, at least when folks aren't calling it Win32 (which is admittedly more common, but increasingly inaccurate).

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Ah, that explains why I didn't found anything about this when searching. However, for me the name [windows-api] sounds more official than [winapi], i.e. see msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ff404219.aspx –  Jonas Aug 13 '10 at 23:15
    
Wikipedia is also using "Windows API" instead of "Win API". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_API –  Jonas Aug 13 '10 at 23:17
    
@Jonas: I know. However, very few SO users use it. Indeed, the majority haven't even used WinAPI - Win32 would be the winner if we didn't keep retagging them. The synonym feature might allow something like this, but I'm not really wild about moving from a reasonably popular tag to an extremely obscure one - chances are, no one has "windows-api" in their feeds, searches, or favorites. The other problem I'd have with "windows-api" already exists with winapi, but I fear it would become worse: folks see it as a generic term for "an API used with Windows" and tag all sorts of crap with it. –  Shog9 Aug 13 '10 at 23:22

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