I really love the new tag synonyms feature, but I think that the process of creating a tag synonym should be improved.
Currently, only moderators are allowed to create tag synonyms. Synonyms that are added are ones that have been problematic in the future or have been highly supported in this synonym repository.
I think that the creation feature should be expanded to allow users with a nominal amount of rep, such as 1,000 rep (500 more than the necessary rep to retag), to have a more direct say in tag synonyms.
Here's how a perfect system would work, in my opinion:
- Users with the necessary amount of rep submit tag synonyms that they think should be added
- Other users with that amount of rep review the submissions
- If those users find tag synonyms that they agree should be added, they can vote for the synonyms
- Once a synonym gains a certain amount of votes, it is automatically added (unless a moderator intervenes and deletes the submission completely).
With such a system, moderators can still add tag synonyms without going through the submission and voting process, of course.
What do you think?
Would such a system be helpful (on the current "Trilogy" and on new Stack Exchange sites)?
UPDATE: I just noticed that Waffles mentioned something about this in the Tag Synonyms room of Chat:
this is not done yet, im still working on it, the general public (with a rep bar) will be able to suggest and vote on synonyms the current solution does not scale