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What are tag synonyms? How do they work?

How can I create synonyms for a tag in stack overflow.Anyone please suggest a way.Thanks in advance.


If you check the tag for which you want to create a synonym you'll see the following:

Users with more than 2500 reputation and a total answer score of 5 or more on the tag, can suggest tag synonyms. Users with a total answer score (total upvotes minus total downvotes) of 5 or more on the tag, can vote for tag synonyms. Suggestions will be automatically approved when they reach a score of 4, and automatically deleted when they reach a score of -2.

To create one when you have satisfied the required criteria you can visit the http://stackoverflow.com/tags/<tag-name>/synonyms link.

For example if you want to create a synonym for javascript you'd go to http://stackoverflow.com/tags/javascript/synonyms.

Also this link is visible in the http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/<tag-name> page.enter image description here

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As stated on the privileges page, you'll need 2500 reputation points to
suggest and vote on tag synonyms. The system works on voting. So you can suggest a synonym and then it is subject to comunity voting -

How do synonyms get approved?

When a tag synonym reaches a vote score of 4, it is accepted and becomes active. If a tag synonym reaches a vote score of -2 it is deleted.

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    You may also want to note that an answer score of 5 for the tag is required as well. – Josh Mein Oct 5 '12 at 12:28
  • @jos - thanks! I needed something to pad this answer with ;) – Lix Oct 5 '12 at 12:30
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    Thanks for the information. – Sujathan R Oct 5 '12 at 14:18

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