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So, I noticed that there is a [visualstudio] tag that should probably be merged into the sponsored [visual-studio] tag.

I clicked my happy ** to the Tag Merge page and followed the directions on the screen:

pre merge

The UI seems to be pretty clear on what will happen to each tag. The first is the Master into which the second will be merged (renamed/removed).

But when I hit Preview Merge, I was told I'm a moron who can't read:


At this point, I shut down my computer and ran away. I think something is wrong here.

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This page always confused me ... I went ahead and simplified

new ui

Simple, there is old, there is new ... old will be gone (if it exists), new will be created.

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doesn't exist on Stack Overflow except as a synonym of . You might see it in the tags page, but it's still only a synonym.

As such, you're specifying a blank tag as the rename tag. The righthand sidebar (which admittedly, is far off to the right, so it is easy to overlook), has the following to say about this:

If the Remove Tag does not exist, the Master Tag will be renamed to the Remove Tag (which will exist after the merge).

Hence why the heading of that box is "Remove / Rename Tag". Specifying blank tags is how we do a mass tag rename as opposed to a standard mass tag merge.

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That... that is stupid. While I admit I cannot read, that has got to be... I think I threw up a little in my mouth. These two completely different functions should NOT be combined within the same UI. If it wasn't for the fact that I was paying attention, I would have completely renamed the [visual-studio] tag. Holy crap, that's bad UI design. Wow. – Won't Apr 19 '11 at 16:03
@Will You could suggest that as its own feature-request, then. I imagine the current state is simply to maintain that the Master Tag must exist. – Grace Note Apr 19 '11 at 16:05
Will do. – Won't Apr 19 '11 at 16:05

doesn't exist on Stack Overflow except as a synonym of . You might see it in the tags page, but it's still only a synonym.

What he said.

Why wasn't this clear to you? That's the real problem, not the rename / merge UI.

(we can probably have this page check to see if someone is mistaking a synonym for an actual tag and block it.)

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It wasn't clear because it wasn't clear. Renaming a tag and merging two tags are two completely different operations and should not be combined within the same UI. What if I wanted to merge two tags and the Merge/Rename tag does not exist? I should be warned "hey, dopey, that tag doesn't exist." What if I wanted to rename a tag and the target name exists? I should be warned "Moron, you can't rename that; a tag with the new name already exists." As it currently stands, my attempts to do something wrong will be treated as if I validly meant to do something else. – Won't Apr 19 '11 at 16:19
@will we will definitely block synonyms in the tool, that's a good suggestion. – Jeff Atwood Apr 19 '11 at 17:08

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