I think the Tag Synonyms Suggestions system could be improved.

It is very common to see suggestions that were done nearly a year ago ( with , for example). People end up coming to Meta and asking for it with the .

From Suggest and vote on tag synonyms description

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.

It seems to me such an easy requirement to accomplish, so the problem may be that most people is not aware of the system.

So, what do you think about giving it more room in the page?

I also think Tag synonym page could indicate votes missing to be approved.


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I do agree that the suggested synonyms page could use better visibility. Maybe a task as part of the review queues.

That said, I don't necessarily agree with some of the suggestions. They may be languishing because nobody else agrees with them. Or, the questions under the tag may need to be reviewed and evaluated before the synonym is actually created.

I'll just give one example.


This is an example of co-opting a general term "marker," and using it for a more specific meaning. These kinds of synonyms exist because attaching it to a more specific tag either causes them to use the more specific meaning, or abandon the tag altogether.

Well, actually has a tag wiki that says that the tag means Google Maps Markers, and most of the questions actually refer to Google Maps. Even (which has no tag wiki) also almost exclusively refers to Google Maps questions, which is kind of amazing, actually, for a generic word. So far, so good.

But closer examination reveals that the tags for this subject are a bit of a mess. Many of the questions tagged with [marker] or [markers] also use the tag, which is a data structure, not "A diagrammatic representation of an area of land or sea showing physical features" (that meaning is ascribed to the tag). Not surprisingly, many of these questions also have marginally useful tags such as , , , and .

Creating tag synonyms combines the tags into a single list, which can make it more difficult to find these kinds of problems and fix them first.

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    I don't necessarily agree with some of the suggestions. Nice! My intention is not to have the suggestions indicated accepted. I just would like them to be "resolved" fastly. It is not practical to have a queue with items waiting one year to be decided. May 27, 2013 at 15:42

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