I haven't paid much attention to tag synonyms before, but today I notice there's one question tagged , and three tagged .

I thought I'd do something useful and propose that these two should be merged, but it turns out I can't, because I haven't scored sufficient rep on either of the tags - hardly surprising, since I've not even voted on any of the questions, but why should that be taken to imply I'm not qualified to know that blend-words and portmanteau-words mean exactly the same thing?

Apparently I did have enough rep against the [suffix] tag to not even notice this as a problem when I [proposed making [suffixes] a synonym][3]. But seeing that page just confuses me even more. That proposal has been there nearly a month now, and there are still only 3 votes - one short of the required 4 to action it. Presumably everyone would want to vote that synonym through, but they can't, because they don't have enough "relevant" rep.

This isn't strictly part of what I'm asking/ranting about above, but I also note that the synonym <- was apparently proposed several months ago, and is sitting in some status called "merge". I don't know what "merge" means, but I must say both tags seem undesirable to me (or at least, they should both be synonyms of ). Given there's only one question tagged , and none at all for , I don't understand what's going on there at all.

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    I see what you mean about the [term] tag: I just tried to suggest it as a synonym of [single-word-requests] (in which tag I certainly have gracious plenty rep), but it said I can't, because [term] has already been suggested as a synonym of [terms]; except that as far as I can tell, the [terms] tag doesn't exist.
    – Marthaª
    Mar 16, 2012 at 13:41
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    @Martha: When I put in a request on MSO to allow mods to blacklist unwanted tags, the first commenter said the current system for synonymizing doesn't work. Incidentally, I can't see that request coming to anything - the only answer, which has quite a few upvotes, is from Valued Associate Rebecca Chernoff, basically saying proper control of tag management is too sensitive/difficult for anyone except TPTB (so why do they let boneheads create rubbish we can't tidy up?). Mar 16, 2012 at 14:40
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    +1 Related: Could mods catalyze synonym voting? It's impossible to publicize this topic too much; it needs attention!
    – Daniel
    Mar 16, 2012 at 18:56
  • Having a score for a tag doesn't mean voting for questions using that tag. Having a score for a tag means getting up-votes for answers given to questions using that tag.
    – apaderno
    Mar 19, 2012 at 20:04


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