Asking mostly out of curiosity:

Question: What would happen if there were a cycle of tag synoynms?

As in, there are tag synonyms such as a 2-cycle:

or a 3-cycle:

and so on for possibly longer cycle lengths. I don't think I want to "try and see" (in case it results in an infinite loop). Perhaps the system disallows this.


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That won't happen. If there is even a pending synonym from to , you can't suggest a synonym to or from . You'll get a message like this when you try:

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Interestingly enough, the message is wrong: it claims the very synonym I'm proposing exists, it should have read

A synonym from synonym2 to synonym1 exists, chains are not allowed

This is another variation:

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Suggesting a tag as a synonym of itself doesn't work either:

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    As you're experimenting can you create a synonym1 for synonym1? Did you try this also with mod powers or as regular user?
    – rene
    Commented Aug 4, 2020 at 6:15
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    @rene recursive synonyms aren't possible either. This is with mod powers (it might have made a difference if the synonyms were pending or active, so I tested on Chess.SE Meta).
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Aug 4, 2020 at 6:25

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