I noticed that the tag was created recently. Since and already exist, I decided against the creation of another synonym tag.

Shouldn't the user while creating tags be suggested that another tag with a minor difference(in this case, that of a period [.]) is already existent?

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    Or, we just remove support for periods in tag names (like we currently do for '&'). Sounds like the optimal solution. Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 17:26
  • See also / soft dupe of Add periods (“.”) to the list of things that the tag picker ignores, during which no concrete justification for ignoring periods could be found. It still happens once or twice a day, but randomly throughout the tags instead of one tag being a chronic problem...
    – Charles
    Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 17:27
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    @RichardJ.RossIII Periods do occasionally come in handy for version tags, though.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 18:44
  • @AnnaLear changed your name back, I see. But the other possibility is only allow the . in tags when a mod creates them, which is currently the status with version specific tags as it is. Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 18:46
  • @RichardJ.RossIII (re: name, yeah, I forgot it was gonna update in our internal chat rooms and the amusement value just wasn't worth it for the confusion)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 19:57
  • @RichardJ.RossIII I think version tags are only treated specially if there already is a tag that ends in a number and someone tries to create one with a different number? I don't quite recall. Either way, I like the suggestion put forth here, and other than that I don't think this needs to be an additional mod-only restriction.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 19:59
  • @RichardJ.RossIII. I suspect our friends on mathoverflow.net might get quite upset if we took full stops out of tag names. They use arXiv classification.
    – TRiG
    Commented Nov 9, 2013 at 3:01


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