There are a few similar questions on MSO that deal with tag search results when using the site-wide search, but my concern is not with that functionality; it is rather with the search box on the Tags page (i.e. the one labeled "Type to find tags:") for which I did not find a relevant dupe.

There seems to be a bit of inconsistency in the Tags page with regards to how synonyms are treated, and it leads to what I would consider unexpected results, with the side effect being that it may be harder to find some tags then it perhaps should be.

An illustrative example: on Android.SE we have a boot-loop tag, intended for cases where a phone is rebooting itself repeatedly due to a system crash/error. A secondary tag cropped up that was named "repeating-reboot", so it was turned into a synonym of "boot-loop". Now if I type "reboot", "repeating", or just "boot" into the tags area of a question, I get the master in the autocomplete list. Great.

However, if I type "reboot" into the search on the Tags page, I get this, and no other results:

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...relevant, I suppose, but we have a better tag for boot loops which someone unfamiliar with the parlance might miss now. I would have expected the "repeating-reboot" tag to appear, even if it simply links me to the "boot-loop" tag. In fact, this does happen if I search for "repeating" or similar:

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So why does it not show in the first search? It's also a partial match to the synonym, just the second half instead of the first. I would expect it to appear in both of these searches, and arguably (in this case) having it as a result for "reboot" is more important.

Also of note, if you search for an actual tag (one that is not a synonym of another), the partial matching works how I would expect - in this example, a search for "loop" will correctly return the "boot-loop" tag in the results. The issue only appears to affect synonyms.

Is this intended behavior, or a bug? If it's intended, would it be possible to improve the search on the Tags page when dealing with partial matches of synonyms?

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    Just as a note: the same applies to the "wildcarded urls": http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/*reboot* just turns up the "reboot" tag (nothing else), while http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/repeat* turns up nothing. In both cases, I would expect the mentioned synonym to be listed (along).
    – Izzy
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 21:16
  • It appears that the actual tag search on the Tags page has a problem with finding synonyms. The tag suggestions box when asking a question does find both tags.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 22:47
  • Another copy of this question was tagged status-deferred. See also Anna Lear's comments there.
    – msh210
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 6:51
  • Similar non-duplicate: meta.stackexchange.com/q/224818
    – msh210
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 15:59


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