I just tried to search for questions tagged and, to my surprise, got all questions as a result. That's not what one would expect, is it?

I haven't really looked into these problems before, but the FAQ says:

A tag synonym is usually a tag that has exactly the same meaning as some other tag

I see a clear difference between pythonic (complying to good Python practices and style, "idiomatic") and just being related to Python.

Here's a link to the SO Python tag synonyms. The synonym was created on Jul 5 at 12:41, as the tag synonym list says.

The same answer I linked to also states:

There is no tool for correcting a bad synonym. The only recourse is to post a question to Meta Stack Overflow explaining the problem with the synonym relationship. If enough people/the correct people agree, the site admins can make the change manually.

That's why I'm posting this.

P.S. If I'm wrong and the synonym is correct, I'd still like to know a way to search for questions (although I guess I can't search for a tag synonym and not the master tag).

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    Sounds like a bad tag to me, much like best-practices was.
    – user154510
    Jul 18, 2012 at 21:28
  • @Matthew That's a valid point. Actually, the reason I was searching for those question is that I wanted to post a Meta question about the tag being appropriate and the corresponding questions being on-topic. Jul 18, 2012 at 21:31

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I think the original idea was to merge discussions about what is with discussions about in general to be more consistent with other language tags. When I ask if something is , I am asking if my code exhibits good practice and good use of the language python, while if I was asking a similar question in , I don't use , I just use the and ask my question within the scope of that tag. The distinction becomes both less meaningful and more confusing.


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