I can understand a restrictive threshold for voting on suggested synonyms, but am curious why it’s so high to initiate suggestions.

For example, I just posted a question about MS Access VBA on Stackoverflow. When picking my tags, I saw there is and also . I checked the synonym pages for both but they aren't listed as synonyms for each other. Do I need to tag my question with both tags until they become linked?

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    This is the same question I wanted to ask after having spotted dnn and dotnetnuke tags, and not being synonyms. I can submit a wiki description (to be reviewed by someone), but I cannot submit a “should be synonyms” suggestion.
    – Mormegil
    Mar 19, 2011 at 13:54
  • ... and cj and commission-junction look like synonyms too. Looks like this question could become the "suggest a synonym" host for low-rep users.
    – richaux
    Apr 27, 2011 at 9:03
  • same thing for [less] and [lesscss] Dec 9, 2011 at 16:13

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The main reason is this:


We have 2 pages of pending merges.

We have 6 pages of suggested synonyms.

As it stands we can barely handle the current load, let alone add more pending synonyms to the list.

  • Thanks for the answer. Just out of curiosity, does that mean that the tag merge process is not well automated?
    – Farray
    May 3, 2011 at 15:52
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    @waffles - The link is currently (Aug/2011) empty. So are there any plans to at least remove that stupid score-of-5-on-the-tag restriction?
    – Martin
    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:33
  • @Martin there are still 6 pages of suggested synonyms stackoverflow.com/tags/synonyms?filter=suggested&tab=newest
    – waffles
    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:35
  • @waffles - Apologies. It displays an empty page there if I'm logged in. I can only see the list when not logged in. Note: I see this as a clear indication that the synonym voting system is broken. If we have 6 pages backlog, then something isn't quite right.
    – Martin
    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:55
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    I can also only see the list of pages when logged out. Is this a bug? Further, I'm curious about if this can or should be changed for other SE sites besides SO. I'm more active on AskUbuntu where there are only two pending requests. I'm not sure it would be as big of a deal to lower the rep required for suggesting synonyms there. But maybe it's difficult to change that sort of thing on a site basis. Aug 26, 2011 at 17:01

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