I believe the tag synonyms page is not used as much as supposed. A suggestion stands there for months before it is accepted or declined.

What about drawing attention to it by giving a bronze badge for the first tag suggestion vote? Then of course a silver and golden could also be created.

I see this proposal was deferred in 2010. What about creating it now?

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    I don't even know how to navigate there. Maybe that should be more visible in GUI too.
    – juergen d
    Sep 20, 2013 at 11:17
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    Ah, I found it. Super-little link on the bottom of the tag page.
    – juergen d
    Sep 20, 2013 at 11:18
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    That is a great suggestion. This feature is so utterly ingored by everyone, nobody actually knows about synonym voting at all, let alone this neat synonym list. Apr 29, 2015 at 13:09
  • Going there I don't even see the possibility to vote. I have 3768 rep on SO.
    – Jan Doggen
    Apr 29, 2015 at 14:06
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    @JanDoggen as seen in for example stackoverflow.com/tags/shell/synonyms, "Users with a total answer score (total upvotes minus total downvotes) of 5 or more on the tag, can vote for tag synonyms", so it is likely that none of the tags in which you have +5 score have any suggested synonyms. This is not that strange: I have +5 in around 160 tags and I just see 16 suggestions. This confirms it is not a widely used tool. Apr 29, 2015 at 14:11
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    I copy here @Andre Silva 's description when offering a bounty, since it will be lost as soon as it expires: The SE voting system on tag synonyms has been criticized for not being the most effective as it could. Having just earned the "create tag synonyms" privilege I realized the system is not difficult to understand and I believe it has potential. A silver badge for voting on synonyms would benefit the site (silver badge (lexicographer?), voting up or down on 30 synonym suggestions). May 6, 2015 at 11:31
  • I think it's good to have a review for that ;).
    – shA.t
    May 6, 2015 at 11:33
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    @fedorqui, tks for having that text copied. Feel free to make it yours, if want to. May 6, 2015 at 16:54
  • It is funny I got two upvotes today, maybe this was linked somewhere. Jun 5, 2015 at 15:14

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As suggestion for adding a new review queue for tag synonyms:

In review there should be three buttons like:

  • [ Approve ]

    if you are agree with tag synonym suggestion.

  • [ Reject ]

    if you think this suggestion is not helpful or it is ambiguous or in a wrong way.

  • [ Skip ]

    if you don't feel there's anything to do with this suggestion.

Now after completing a new review user will give a Bronze badge and so on like other reviews.

I also suggest to add a page with a list of tags that a user can suggest over them ;).

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    Accepting a tag synonym is a sensitive matter with big implications. Having a review queue would make it easy to go through the queue and process the items there in a fast, random way. Thus, I don't think this is a good idea. I still think it is good to "reward" somehow the fact of reviewing the list, but in a way to improve the current situation, not making it unreliable. May 6, 2015 at 11:48
  • @fedorqui Going to review for a user with a rep ~2.5K who are trusted in SE sites, I think this not making it unreliable ;).
    – shA.t
    May 6, 2015 at 12:00
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    This suggestion has merits, but I think I agree with fedorqui about it could have major implications. Firstly, I'd rather go with a smoother improvement, like just providing an incentive for people voting on synonyms the way the system is currently designed. Maybe your answer would get more visibility implemented as separate feature-request question. May 6, 2015 at 17:01
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  • I really like this idea, but I feel like there needs to be something to battle against robo-reviewers, since it could be much more destructive in this queue. Maybe something like a large number of audits or a 30+ second waiting time. Dec 10, 2018 at 16:50

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