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On the one hand, merge requests are the same as retag-requests. So it makes sense that questions asking about tags to be merged should get .

However, there are also questions about the tag merge utility. is itself a synonym of , which makes sense because questions about retagging practices can be simplified as questions about tags. The same cannot be said about merging, which is a bigger subject than what conveys.

Could we break the synonym? Maybe instate a tag that is synonymized with , that way people who initially think of tagging a merge request with the merging tag will see the request option. As it stands, even if we provide an alternate tag like, say, , people will still see tag-merge in the suggestions when asking about the merge utility, so it'll just inspire a greater ease in picking the wrong tag.

  • This should be closed, as it specifically pertains to Stack Overflow. – Stevoisiak Jul 24 '17 at 13:46
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    @StevenVascellaro it's really too old to care. There are thousands of these. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jul 24 '17 at 14:23
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    @StevenVascellaro: I don't know if you noticed, but MSE, the site we are on, still has the precise synonym arrangement described. So no, it has nothing to do with SO specifically. – Nathan Tuggy Jul 24 '17 at 16:40
  • This was asked when this site was MSO and as Nathan points out is still relevant so there's absolutely no reason to close this – Cai Jul 25 '17 at 10:00
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Don't agree.

The questions about the merge utility are ultra-rare and aberrant -- not to mention only visible to diamond moderators -- and should have another tag like or something. (In addition to the tag, probably)

  • Alright, let's see how that rolls. I still expect that there will be some erroneous retagging, but as merge utility questions are indeed rarer in frequency, perhaps that's just a risk we can take. – Grace Note Apr 19 '11 at 16:17
  • @grace to be clear, I realize the UI is pretty sucky on that tool, but it's just not a mainstream topic of discussion and it's relevant to so few. – Jeff Atwood Apr 19 '11 at 17:08
  • I understand (and personally, I don't mind the UI but I'm something of an automaton when it comes to webforms). After you mentioned that point, I did some research on Meta to discover that indeed, there are very few discussions on the tool itself. – Grace Note Apr 19 '11 at 17:10

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