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There are the following tags on SO:

  • random
  • random-number-generator
  • pseudo-random-numbers
  • random-generator
  • random-numbers
  • random-number (retagged to )

All of them means basically the same. Additionally, there is also:

  • rand
  • random-alpha-generator
  • random-string
  • random-string-generator

My questions:

  • Could possibly somebody clean it up?
  • Is it possible to send a message to the creator of a tag to make them aware of the (nearly) duplicate?
  • Can the creator of a tag merge in into another one?
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Chaos? How do you pass up the title "Is there a solution for the tag randomness?" ;) – Bill the Lizard Jan 25 '11 at 20:07
Nice idea:D Regarding "random-number (retagged to random-numbers)" I see it happened, but the tag "random-number" still exists (0 times used). – maaartinus Jan 25 '11 at 20:13
When a tag is reduced to 0 count, it'll stay in the system until a daily script runs at the end of the day to prune it. Just make sure it stays at 0 until then. – Grace Note Jan 25 '11 at 20:16

I cleaned a bunch of these up and folded them into random. I also created tag synonyms for the tags I merged. Here's what I left in place.

rand tags

srand and boost-rand are specific enough that I think they can have their own tags. random-access is a separate topic too, so I left that alone.

The only one that I merged that I felt was questionable was rand. I know that's a function in a lot of languages, but it's universally a PRNG so I think the tag meaning is clear. (If I'm wrong about this, somebody let me know.)

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Bill, can you put synonyms in place for those tags that you merged into [random]? – jjnguy Jan 25 '11 at 20:30
@Justin: Sure can. – Bill the Lizard Jan 25 '11 at 20:33
thanks. That should keep those tags at 0 from now on then. – jjnguy Jan 25 '11 at 20:33
Thanks, this solved the problem in this special case. The existence of the tag "retag-request" (revealed to by somebody having put on my question) answers my questions. Those retag-requests are surely no perfect solution, but I'm not sure if there could be a better one. – maaartinus Jan 25 '11 at 21:03
@maaartinus: Retag requests are one part of the solution, but as @Justin pointed out tag synonyms are the other. For example, any time anyone tries to add the tag random-numbers in the future it will automatically get converted to random. – Bill the Lizard Jan 25 '11 at 21:08

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