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When a tag synonym is approved, the old tag becomes defunct. Unfortunately, it becomes harder to find questions that are tagged with the now-defunct tag. This seems to me to be the opposite of the point of tag synonyms (at least with respect to existing questions, although obviously not for future ones). It seems to me that there are a couple of possible solutions here (in ascending order of utility, according to my opinion, albeit probably descending order of preference for SE programmers):

  1. Clicking [searching] on a tag would only search that exact tag (e.g., the synonym), not a related one (e.g., the master).
  2. Clicking [searching] on a tag would search all tags that are connected to each other, including the master and all synonyms.
  3. When a tag synonym is approved, all questions tagged with the old tag are retroactively (and silently) retagged with the master, in more or less the same way that it happens when someone attempts to tag a new question with the defunct tag.

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Original title: Should we retag questions that have a now-defunct tag with the synonym?

Since I seem to be stirring the hornets' nest anyway...stirring the hornets' nest anyway...

If a tag synonym is approved, the old tag becomes defunct and questions tagged with it may become harder to find. Retagging dozens of questionsdozens of questions at once seems like a bad ideabad idea. However, from time to time, people will come across a question tagged with the old tag. In such a situation, is it appropriate to change the tag from the defunct one to the approved master tag? (That is, even though you are not making any substantive edits.)

Edited Version of Question:

When a tag synonym is approved, the old tag becomes defunct. Unfortunately, it becomes harder to find questions that are tagged with the now-defunct tag. This seems to me to be the opposite of the point of tag synonyms (at least with respect to existing questions, although obviously not for future ones). It seems to me that there are a couple of possible solutions here (in ascending order of utility, according to my opinion, albeit probably descending order of preference for SE programmers):

  1. Clicking [searching] on a tag would only search that exact tag (e.g., the synonym), not a related one (e.g., the master).
  2. Clicking [searching] on a tag would search all tags that are connected to each other, including the master and all synonyms.
  3. When a tag synonym is approved, all questions tagged with the old tag are retroactively (and silently) retagged with the master, in more or less the same way that it happens when someone attempts to tag a new question with the defunct tag.

Original Version of Question:

Original title: Should we retag questions that have a now-defunct tag with the synonym?

Since I seem to be stirring the hornets' nest anyway...

If a tag synonym is approved, the old tag becomes defunct and questions tagged with it may become harder to find. Retagging dozens of questions at once seems like a bad idea. However, from time to time, people will come across a question tagged with the old tag. In such a situation, is it appropriate to change the tag from the defunct one to the approved master tag? (That is, even though you are not making any substantive edits.)

Edited Version of Question:

When a tag synonym is approved, the old tag becomes defunct. Unfortunately, it becomes harder to find questions that are tagged with the now-defunct tag. This seems to me to be the opposite of the point of tag synonyms (at least with respect to existing questions, although obviously not for future ones). It seems to me that there are a couple of possible solutions here (in ascending order of utility, according to my opinion, albeit probably descending order of preference for SE programmers):

  1. Clicking [searching] on a tag would only search that exact tag (e.g., the synonym), not a related one (e.g., the master).
  2. Clicking [searching] on a tag would search all tags that are connected to each other, including the master and all synonyms.
  3. When a tag synonym is approved, all questions tagged with the old tag are retroactively (and silently) retagged with the master, in more or less the same way that it happens when someone attempts to tag a new question with the defunct tag.

Original Version of Question:

Original title: Should we retag questions that have a now-defunct tag with the synonym?

Since I seem to be stirring the hornets' nest anyway...

If a tag synonym is approved, the old tag becomes defunct and questions tagged with it may become harder to find. Retagging dozens of questions at once seems like a bad idea. However, from time to time, people will come across a question tagged with the old tag. In such a situation, is it appropriate to change the tag from the defunct one to the approved master tag? (That is, even though you are not making any substantive edits.)

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How can you find questions with SE's search features that have now-defunct tags?

Edited Version of Question:

When a tag synonym is approved, the old tag becomes defunct. Unfortunately, it becomes harder to find questions that are tagged with the now-defunct tag. This seems to me to be the opposite of the point of tag synonyms (at least with respect to existing questions, although obviously not for future ones). It seems to me that there are a couple of possible solutions here (in ascending order of utility, according to my opinion, albeit probably descending order of preference for SE programmers):

  1. Clicking [searching] on a tag would only search that exact tag (e.g., the synonym), not a related one (e.g., the master).
  2. Clicking [searching] on a tag would search all tags that are connected to each other, including the master and all synonyms.
  3. When a tag synonym is approved, all questions tagged with the old tag are retroactively (and silently) retagged with the master, in more or less the same way that it happens when someone attempts to tag a new question with the defunct tag.

Original Version of Question:

Original title: Should we retag questions that have a now-defunct tag with the synonym?

Since I seem to be stirring the hornets' nest anyway...

If a tag synonym is approved, the old tag becomes defunct and questions tagged with it may become harder to find. Retagging dozens of questions at once seems like a bad idea. However, from time to time, people will come across a question tagged with the old tag. In such a situation, is it appropriate to change the tag from the defunct one to the approved master tag? (That is, even though you are not making any substantive edits.)