A few minutes ago I edited "https://stackoverflow.com/questions/13761034/insert-bulk-skipped-the-first-column" on Stack Overflow. But when I tried to add the tag to the question, I got this error message:

Creating the new tag [columns] is not allowed since the tag [column] already exists. If you think this new tag should be allowed, raise it on meta.

But I tried to add the tag, not a tag. See this screenshot of when I wrote the tag:

When I wrote the tag

And after I clicked the Save Edits button:

After click Save Edit button

Am I missing something?

  • Why do you want to create the tag columns? How is it different from the column tag? Stack Overflow is trying to prevent dupe tags from being created that only differ in wether or not they are the plural form. – Martijn Pieters Dec 7 '12 at 10:49
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    @MartijnPieters Read my questions carefuly. I don't want to add columns tag. I want to add column tag but it gives me an error like I try to add columns tag. – Soner Gönül Dec 7 '12 at 10:51
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    @SonerGönül: ahAH! pling. Light went on, sorry. – Martijn Pieters Dec 7 '12 at 10:53
  • Can we agree that [column] is the next candidate for a little massage from Trogdor? – Time Traveling Bobby Dec 7 '12 at 10:56
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    Not only adding column tag gives this error but also editing question which is already tagged with column gives the same error. E.g. try to edit this question – hims056 Dec 7 '12 at 11:00
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    @SulfurizedDemonbobby meta.stackexchange.com/a/142256/166025 – Aziz Shaikh Dec 7 '12 at 11:00

casperOne recently merged into . Unfortunately, the tag no longer seems to exist.

To add to the confusion, the tag was burninated before after it was merged.

EDIT: I didn't look at the timestamps carefully enough. Here is a timeline of what happened:

  1. Proposal for burnination of [column] - Jun 2
  2. Proposal for merge of [column] into [columns] - Jun 19
  3. Merge of [column] into [columns] - Jun 23
  4. Burnination of [column] - Aug 4

I suspect when was burninated it took with it.


Scenario: synonym from "A" to "B"; "B" does not actually exist

I'm not going to over-analyse the specific example; that could be rectified by any of:

  • the following (see below)
  • reversing the synonym
  • merging the synonym (there are currently unmerged "column" questions)
  • deleting the synonym

However, it seems odd that the tag "columns" doesn't exist when there's an approved synonym. My thinking is that the existing of an approved synonym effectively pre-validates the "columns" tag, so any code that is concerned about tag-creation should just assume "yep, that's OK". That is the fix I plan to apply.

  • Why do you have the following as the first list item? – Asad Saeeduddin Dec 7 '12 at 13:19
  • @Asad because I think that is the best solution for anything except the immediate term – Marc Gravell Dec 7 '12 at 13:46

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