Can and its synonym (144 questions) be made synonyms of (4413 questions)? In my opinion the former are not independent enough to make their own category of the latter because they are just a particular version of the latter.

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As usual with tags including version numbers, there is a legitimate use for : when your question is specific to that version and is not useful to someone running Emacs 22 or Emacs 24. As usual with tags including version numbers, the tag is abused by people who are merely indicating that they happen to be running that version. I favor doing a one-time cleanup: merge into , but do not create a synonym, let the die out. When Emacs 24 becomes more common, I expect to arise naturally to mean “How do I do this in Emacs 23? I have a solution in Emacs 24 but it doesn't work in 23.”. In the meantime, we who answer Emacs questions should remove the tag if it creeps back up for no good reason.

  • The problem of not making synonyms is that people browsing emacs+version_number tags miss all other emacs tagged questions. By making synonyms they will be found under the same tag.
    – N.N.
    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:09
  • @N.N. These people can browse [emacs*]. By making synonyms, people looking for questions specifically about one Emacs version lose the ability to search for them easily. Mar 29, 2012 at 21:49

Agree. I see no reason why a particular version should be singled out - expecially, since there is nothing special about it (unlike let's say, Python 3.x vs. Python 2.x or some other similar example).

Otherwise, we might start making new tags for every new version of every software that comes out.

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