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What do I need to do to rename a tag?

I see some people post a question here and ask for a tag to be renamed. Is there some other way?

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Only moderators can rename a tag. If you think a tag needs to be renamed, get a moderator to do it. The normal way to contact the moderators is by asking a question on meta. If the renaming is a no-brainer (e.g. the current name is misspelled), you can ask in chat, but otherwise it's better to have a discussion on meta and wait a few days to see if there are any objections (maybe the name you prefer isn't the name others prefer).

If there are only a handful of questions, and you're sure the tag needs renaming, then simply retag the questions. Don't retag a too big batch of questions as this fills up the front page with relatively unimportant edits. If the name change would only add or remove hyphens or a final s, then you won't be able to create the new name; in that case, you'll need to get a moderator to do it even if there is a single question with that misspelled tag.

If the new name you're proposing for the tag already exist, that's not a renaming: that's making a tag synonym. Propose or vote for the tag synonym. If you don't meet the reputation requirements, or if the synonym is languishing because not enough people have paid attention to it, ask on meta.

For moderators: there is no tag renaming tool, but the tag merging tool can rename a tag, because the target of the merge doesn't have to exist. Go to the tag page (/questions/tagged/existing-tag-name), click the “merge” button, enter the new tag name and confirm until done.

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If I understand correctly, you need one of those privileges

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No, I need to rename a tag. For example, I think c++ is wrong, and want to rename it to cplusplus – BЈовић Apr 15 '11 at 6:47
edited my answer – mathieu Apr 15 '11 at 6:55
@VJo - that is not going to happen. There is nothing wrong with c++ since that is the accepted name of the language. – Marc Gravell Apr 15 '11 at 7:19
@Marc Right, but I am not planing to change c++ tag. That was just an example :P – BЈовић Apr 15 '11 at 7:32
@VJo <phew; that was close> – Marc Gravell Apr 15 '11 at 9:21
I just crossed 1500, and in my craze to finally make a tag for System.Windows.Interactivity, I accidently forgot the .Windows. part out of it... Can someone rename it before I tag all my (and related) questions with it? – TDaver Jun 26 '12 at 12:18
@TDaver If they are your questions, you can edit them, and the tag as well. Just don't fill up the front page. – Jeffrey Lin Sep 20 '13 at 22:03

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