See Can trusted users be trusted to suggest tag synonyms without a score of 5 in a tag? (on smaller sites, not Stack Overflow).

The top answer is:

If, on a given site, there's a big problem with runaway tagging... Post a feature-request on your meta along with examples that demonstrate the need. We've temporarily lowered this in the past for sites with a lot of cleanup to be done, and I think doing this as part of a larger, coordinated cleanup effort is a good idea. Don't forget: even after a synonym has been created, the questions involved still need to be retagged, either by individual editors, or by a moderator merging the tags.

I was going through @tchrist's excellent list of synonym suggestions but couldn't propose most of them because I didn't have the required rep counts. Seeing that many of the tags are so infrequently used, it seems unlikely I'll get the rep any time soon.

Thus, this is a feature request to let trusted users submit tag synonyms. A trusted user is anyone with 20k rep or higher.

EDIT: Since no one has responded to this feature request, can someone at least offer a suitable workaround? The above linked posts suggest that this is the appropriate thing to request.

  • Yes, please: let’s do this.
    – tchrist Mod
    Jul 1, 2014 at 14:56
  • Not that I'm a trusted user (yet!), but could you please give a link to the list of synonym suggestions? I'd just like to take a look at them. Thanks! Jul 1, 2014 at 17:01
  • @MattGutting: meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/4442/…
    – MrHen
    Jul 1, 2014 at 17:34
  • Appreciate it Thanks! Jul 1, 2014 at 17:37
  • It'd be harder to implement, but I'd suggest something along the "vote to close" schema such that it'd take 5 "votes to synonymize" from users of sufficient rep, perhaps not necessarily as high as "trusted users," or by unilateral moderator action.
    – Jim
    Jul 4, 2014 at 1:43
  • I think we’ll have to have our mods talk to the community managers about this. But they haven’t chimed in yet.
    – tchrist Mod
    Jul 12, 2014 at 0:12


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