Improve display of tag synonyms
I have been using Stack Exchange for around a year. To this very day, I do not know what
(s) means next to a tag. Just today, I asked a question on cooking.stackexchange.com and was presented with two choices when adding the "saute" tag.
Since I had no idea what
(s) meant, I chose the one without
(s). Does it mean super? plural? It could also mean new/unused, but the these words don't start with the letter s.
I've got a CS degree. I'm a frontend programmer and UI designer for the web and mobile, so I'm not computer illiterate. I'm generally good at judging bad designs and figuring out what the designer meant, but in this case, I have no idea. Good UI design should be understood by the stupidest of people. I don't care what
(s) means, but someone needs to fix this design flaw.
After reading @bemace's response, I now realize that it is a tag synonym. Firstly,
(s) is just too far of a stretch for "synonym". Secondly, a large portion of the population won't know what synonym means. According to website usability expert Jacob Nielsen, you should use simple words because 43% of the population has low-literacy.
Let me propose the following solution. It removes the need to connect abbrreviations and understand hard words. It also limits the number of choices.
________________________ | oil saut| | ------------------------ | sauteing / saute (18) | -------------------------
Suggested by jbreckmckye: