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I have recently suggested tag-synonyms for a couple of tags. There have been no activity on them, regarding up-voting or down-voting those suggestions. Probably because no one knows that they have been suggested.

So, I propose that there should be some kind of a notification system to alert or get attention of users with sufficient rep and the ability to vote on the synonyms of the specific tag.

The notification doesn't have to be sent out to the users specifically. It could be just, like when they are on a post tagged with a tag that have pending synonyms and the users have sufficient privilege to vote on it, it can show a marker like:

"php" tag with a red "1"

The counter can show how many pending synonyms there are.

So, what are your thoughts?


All proposals are welcome too. You can add them in the comments, answers or edit the question.

Current proposals:

  1. Show a counter on the tags that the users have sufficient privilege to vote on, when they visit a post with those tags.
  2. Show the notifications on the Favorite Tags sidebar.
  3. Adding a review queue for synonyms, You could also filter it by tag so that you only see tags you care about. It would also be nice if, when suggesting a synonym, one could add comments explaining the desire for synonymization to make it easier to vote on them.

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    Fully agree that something needs to be done. Tag synonyms tend to hang around for ages with no-one voting on them in my experience. Alternative to your proposal, it could only be shown at the favorite tags section (right sidebar), so experienced users can vote on it, but it isn't an annoyance that's on every question. – Erik A Nov 1 '17 at 11:50
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    @ErikvonAsmuth Yes, of course, any solution that can make voting on suggested synonyms faster should be considered. I just proposed it as a possible solution, having a Favorite Tags sidebar is good too. – mega6382 Nov 1 '17 at 11:52
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    I have only one favorite tag, a language tag. I wouldn't see these notifications if you link them to favorite tags, although I have quite a few tag badges. – Roland Nov 3 '17 at 8:24
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    What about adding a review queue for synonyms? You could also filter it by tag so that you only see tags you care about. It would also be nice if, when suggesting a synonym, one could add comments explaining the desire for synonymization so as to make it easier to vote on them. – Heretic Monkey Nov 16 '17 at 15:26
  • Most useful would be if gold and silver tag badge holders were notified by the red dot in the Review Queue (upper right) and clicking would show the review available in the dropdown. Those two classes of users are best equipped to review the synonyms, rather than basing it on Rep. – Rob Oct 15 '18 at 14:22

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