Came to suggest the removal of these two tags and found this proposal to merge them together.
Five years after this original proposal was made, neither alternative or alternative-words have been used whatsoever. It seems everyone still uses synonym.
I suggest one of:
- Remove both of the "Alternative" tags as they're unused
- Moderate/edit posts to start making use of the "Alternative" tags when appropriate, to show publicly that they're to be used when relevant
I would favour (1), as I'm not convinced there is a difference between the "Synonym" tag and the two "Alternative" tags, or indeed any difference between the two "Alternative" tags.
The Synonym tag description states:
A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word.
That is surely describing an "alternative" word?