Today, after another user pointed out to me a discrepancy with a tag that was supposed to be synonymed I dug a little deeper and saw what seemed to be an underlying problem, and not sure if it's site-specific or not.

Here is the master tag snapshot:

Opening Synonym Snapshot

Here is what you see if while creating a question you type 'opening' in tag hint box:

Tag Hint Opening

Notice how it still shows three questions as having the tag that was synonymed, and the sum total equals the number on the tag page.. Here is the snapshot of the 'openings' tag page:

Total Openings Tag Count

I checked on Stack Overflow and found that when bringing up a tag synonym, it automatically only brings up the master tag.

Is this because it's a beta site. Is there a deeper explanation, and should it be this way?


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This only happens when a synonymized tag hasn't yet been merged into its master tag, because just creating a synonym does not automatically merge all the questions into the master. While it still has questions which actually have the tag attached to it, it will continue to appear in the suggested tags box as if it were an actual tag.

You can either find the three questions which are still tagged with and move them to tag to kill off the synonymized tag or, for larger tags, get a moderator to perform the merge. Once that's done, it will stop appearing as a separate tag and only appear as a synonym below the master tag.

  • OK, I had gone through the list, but missed the ones that still had the tag. Thanks. Feb 4, 2015 at 16:50
  • I removed then all, but the tag is still showing in the question tag box. Just a caching issue that will go away? Feb 4, 2015 at 16:52
  • It'll go away at 03:00UTC when the clean-up script runs.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Feb 4, 2015 at 16:52

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