As per Robert Harvey's suggestion here, lets have a review queue for tag synonyms. It should be filtered so that users will only be shown what they can vote on. This should help all those languishing tag synonyms.

  • But there's so few people in the first place that can vote on the majority of the tag synonyms... – Qantas 94 Heavy Oct 24 '13 at 0:51
  • Exactly, that's why we need to get the word out more to maximize the group that can. – Lance Roberts Oct 24 '13 at 0:52
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    Related: Does the Tag Synonym Suggestion System Work? – jmac Oct 24 '13 at 0:53
  • I see this as rather low priority, as there's currently only 5 pending suggested synonyms (or am I missing something?). I think a more significant issue is that people can't actually request or vote on synonyms as they don't meet the score requirement (there are plenty of outstanding synonym requests on Meta that would've been done already if e.g. 20k users can suggest and vote on synonyms - and most new ones would probably take like an hour to get synonymized). – Bernhard Barker Oct 24 '13 at 14:22
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    @Dukeling, it's a much bigger problem when you hit the all filter on Stack Overflow where there are 25 pages of synonym suggestions. When you hit the suggested filter, it only shows you what you can vote on. – Lance Roberts Oct 24 '13 at 14:24
  • Good idea, there should be also a queue for creating tags (so we could lower the rep needed to propose a tag, and increase rep needed to create tag bypassing queue). – Danubian Sailor Oct 24 '13 at 14:43
  • @LanceRoberts Oh ok, though a similar point holds - I can only see 5 (and can't suggest any of those that I see that needs synonymizing), thus a queue won't help me help Stack Overflow a whole lot (and many other users probably find themselves in the same situation). And aren't quite a few of those under the all filter already approved? – Bernhard Barker Oct 24 '13 at 15:06
  • @Dukeling, yes, I see you're right, the completed ones show also. I'm not sure how to see all open ones out there. I just get 3 in my suggested list. – Lance Roberts Oct 24 '13 at 15:16

My thoughts: (with the goal to minimize development time in mind)

The suggested synonyms page is already a good start.

Personally, I think it's slightly better than a review queue in the sense that you can actually search and sort. Perhaps this functionality should even be extended a bit.

What needs to change:

Currently the suggested synonyms page displays all suggested synonyms with tags you've got sufficient score in, even those that you've already voted on.


  • Add an option to hide those you've already voted on, or
  • Always hide those you've already voted on (why would you want to see them anyway?)

Allow voting directly from that page. Something like this:

Possibly add a link on the review page (to increase visibility - other suggestions welcome).

Optionally link the review badges to go along with it (???).

But, as there probably aren't too many tag suggestions each of us can vote on, since we need a score of 5 in the tag, I think the suggestion to allow high-reputation users to be exempt from this requirement needs to go in combination with this.

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    Voting directly from the page seems like the simplest solution - I had a hard time figuring out exactly where I could vote on the synonyms from the existing page. – Hannele Oct 24 '13 at 15:58

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