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Use it for questions about user accounts that have been deleted or the process of that deletion.

is for questions about user accounts that have been deleted, or the process of that deletion.

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This tags is for questions about deleted users.

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Is there a functional difference between these two? It seems to me that the latter should be a synonym of the former.

(Granted, there's only 29 questions for the latter so these could be manually fixed, but I think it would be recreated.)

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    It seems this issue has come up before, but there was no definitive action taken.
    – ale
    Jul 25, 2018 at 13:38
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    It would be better to merge them than to edit 29 questions, but a merge requires a moderator (i.e. CM, here on main meta). Jul 25, 2018 at 14:30
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    The synonym I proposed (see my answer) needs one more vote. Aug 9, 2018 at 13:33
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    @ale the synonym exists now. Aug 10, 2018 at 22:33

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Apparently I have a high-enough score in the tag to propose a synonym, so I've done that. If you have a score of at least 5 in the tag you can vote on the suggestion.

I think a merge would be better than a synonym -- when you type "deleted" and see the auto-completions, I think you'd recognize "account" even if you were thinking "user" -- but merges require somebody who's a moderator on Meta.SE to implement, while the community can create the synonym. So let's at least do that much now. (And it can always be merged later, when a passing CM decides it's a good idea and has time to do it.)

Update: the synonym has now been created.

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