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I am interested in how tag-watching and tag RSS feed are affected by:

  1. Adding tag as a synonym
  2. Renaming tag (via merge)

Consider the following scenarios.

Scenario 1: (synonyms)

A user is watching tag and has the RSS feed subscription to it. Now, a synonym for has been approved.

  • does the user automatically start watching ?
  • does the user receive new questions in his RSS feed for the ?

Scenario 2: (Renaming)

A user is watching tag and has the RSS feed subscription to it. Now, this tag is renamed by a moderator via merge to

Relevant and irrelevant info:

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Scenario 2: renaming via merge

Watched (favourited) and ignored tags are definitely remapped, and I'd guess the RSS thing is too.

You can actually see this noted on the report page you get after merging two tags. Here's a screenshot I saved from a couple of years ago:

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