Users with more than 1250 reputation and a total answer score of 5 or more on the tag, can suggest tag synonyms. Users with a total answer score (total upvotes minus total downvotes) of 5 or more on the tag, can vote for tag synonyms.

It's clear that creation of tag synonyms is a very dangerous feature, but the restriction of “a total answer score of 5” for just making a mere suggestion seems a bit off.

Does this really reduce stupid suggestions in the case of philosophy.SE? You don't need an answer score of +5 on the proposed synonym tag, after all. (Of course this won't be changed, it's deeply embedded in the system).

EDIT: okay there's Zeno of Citium :-D


Perhaps the score of 5 isn't really necessary, but considering that we very rarely have to add synonyms there isn't really a problem: bring it up on meta (as you did) and one of the mods can add the synonym.

I have merged into (not the other way around, because this is more specific) and added a synonym from the first to the latter. I also added the following tag usage guidance (which you or anyone can edit and improve):

Zeno of Elea (commonly known as Zeno) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher. He is well-known for Zeno's paradoxes. Not to be confused with Zeno of Citium, a lesser-known Hellenistic philosopher.

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