Amazon-s3 is using the synonym s3. Now, S3 is also an object oriented implementation in R, but there is no way we can use that tag any more. Every time we apply it, it gets automatically converted to amazon-s3. How do we avoid that conversion?

I can see that this kind of collisions will only occur more often. Isn't it time to get a more strict policy on that tag-synonym thing? See also the FAQ entry on this

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Why not make the R related tags language specific e.g. r-s3. We do pretty much the same for many other languages and it avoids tag clashes quite nicely.

  • Seems a nice workaround, thx for pointing that out, but still you keep the possibility of tag clashes. So I would hope they implement some possibility to have a synonym reversed without adding a question on meta. For all I know, users will now use s3 instead of r-s3 and will see amazon-s3 as their tag. So the tag s3 shouldn't be used as a synonym for any of the language-specific tags.
    – Joris Meys
    Jan 18, 2011 at 16:53
  • @joris - Hopefully once a few questions are tagged r-s3, when people are type the r it'll show up in the auto-complete which should give a hint that r-s3 is the tag they want for s3 stuff.
    – Kev
    Jan 18, 2011 at 16:56
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    If we create an r-s3 tag, it would be sensible to rename the s4 tag. Jan 18, 2011 at 18:46
  • @csgillespie - that would make a lot of sense.
    – Kev
    Jan 18, 2011 at 19:05

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