This is a followup of Gilles' comment here.

As as result of https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/128315/the-great-stack-overflow-tag-question-cleanup-of-2012, a lot of questions were being retagged. I'll focus on the tag, but I suppose the problem applies to other tags as well.

Originally, the tag, was supposed to be disambiguated between and . This resulted in about 80 of the top questions being retagged as .

Then later, was simply made a synonym of . I expected that all would eventually be (automatically) be retagged to (and thus) merging the vote counts.

However it's been well over 24 hours and and have not been merged.

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  1. When you search for the tag none of the top assembly questions show up because they have all been retagged as .
  2. When you search for the tag, it redirects to the tag.

Here's a few bigger examples that were retagged -> :

There's a lot more of them. But they're hard to find since searches for redirects to .

How should we handle this situation? Do we manually find all the questions tagged and retag them back to ?

Or is there some other (possibly moderator/dev-only) process that I'm not aware of? Or have I simply not waited long enough?


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Moderators can already merge tags, so you just need to bring this to the attention of a mod and request that they merge the tags.

The merge isn't easily reversible, so it is unlikely that this tool will be automated or made available to non-moderators.

  • Ah, that makes sense. Since this is already on meta, I'll just wait for a mod to merge assembly-language into assembly and [status-declined] this particular feature request.
    – Mysticial
    May 5, 2012 at 21:41

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