What's the proper protocol for handling retagging of questions when a product's name changed from a code name to a release name? In particular, I'm asking about (the pre-release "code name" if you will) becoming branded as after the release of the Release Candidate last week.

Should all questions tagged with the now defunct code name be retagged with the new name? Should all questions with the old tag simply be left there, since that tag accurately reflected the name of the product they were asked about? Or should they be retagged with some amount of thoughtfulness?

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    A synonym would be used, not retagging
    – Ben Brocka
    Jun 2, 2012 at 17:59
  • Wouldn't you retag the questions with the old tag then set up a synonym to the new tag from the old? I don't think you're suggesting that the old tag should be the canonical tag for this topic. Jun 2, 2012 at 18:11
  • you only need 1 question to have the tag before a synonym can be set Jun 2, 2012 at 18:12
  • I think I get it now. I assumed that those questions tagged pre-synonym would linger in obscurity forever. Jun 2, 2012 at 18:21
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    I've fiddled about with the tags. visual-studio-2012 is a master tag with visual-studio-11, vs11, vs2011 and vs2012 as synonyms which should catch most variations. If folks want to they can be specific about which version they're having problems with in their questions.
    – Kev
    Jun 6, 2012 at 17:15
  • Thanks @Kev! I suspect there will need to be some work done on some of the VS products (eg, tfs2012) at some point as well. (I don't have the rep to do that myself, otherwise I'd help with the housekeeping.) Jun 6, 2012 at 17:43
  • Splendid. Let me know what needs done (add to the question and ping me in the comments), I'm not that familiar with TFS, so keep me right.
    – Kev
    Jun 6, 2012 at 17:48
  • we 're trying that between tags "cq5" (old) and "aem" new, but it complains about cq5 being 1.25 times more popular. how is it done then? Apr 24, 2015 at 9:00

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Probably Synonym tags are a solution. Read this article : https://stackoverflow.com/privileges/suggest-tag-synonyms

From what I understood from the above article,(if I've understood right) If a new tag is created and the old tag is made a synonym of the new one, the older questions will get retagged to the new tag.

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