Unless I'm completely mistaken about the concept of tag synonyms, I believe there is a bug in the validation logic on the tag synonyms page.

The Tag Synonym Page in Question: Nine-Patch
Proposed Tag Synonym: 9Patch (it's been used by 18 questions)
Error message when attempting to create it:

Failed to propose synonym:
Version specific synonyms can only be created by moderators

Should a tag really be presumed to be a version tag if it is preceded by a single numeral?

I can understand why the following would be presumed to be version-specific tags:

  • sql-server-2008
  • .NET-2.0
  • ruby-on-rails-3.1
  • etc.

But those all use a numeric suffix, not prefix. If this behavior is as designed, then perhaps a moderator could add 9patch as a synonym for nine-patch?

  • 1
    I set up the synonym, although the overall issue you're reporting remains.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    May 11, 2012 at 15:59
  • @AnnaLear: I ran into the same issue when I tried to suggest unity-game-engine as a tag synonym for unity3d. unity3d has been chosen to distinguish the Unity game engine from MS Unity. Can you help? Thanks
    – Kay
    Dec 6, 2012 at 11:19
  • @Kay I'm sorry, I don't quite follow what should be a synonym of what there or why. Can you make a new meta post with the details and an explanation please? Sorting this out in comments here isn't the best way to go. Thanks!
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Dec 6, 2012 at 18:55
  • 1
    @AnnaLear see Version specific synonyms can only be created by moderators
    – Kay
    Dec 6, 2012 at 19:52


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