I would like to propose a new synonym: . It should be merged with to avoid confusion errors.

I'm not allowed to create this by myself because the difference is the dash only, so I raise it on Meta. I'm not sure if this is the right place to propose for tags.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes please. Very good idea. \$\endgroup\$
    – m654
    Jun 9, 2016 at 14:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @m654 We have all faced our worst enemy: codegolf. It confuses us suddenly, it makes our challenges off-topic, it's cruel. It's bad. It's sad. It should have always been merged to good ol' code-golf. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 9, 2016 at 14:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ @EʀɪᴋᴛʜᴇGᴏʟғᴇʀ Actually, if you go to the [code-golf] tag wiki you can vote to create a synonym for it. That is what you are looking for I think. \$\endgroup\$
    – Riker
    Jun 9, 2016 at 14:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ Why do we need to create codegolf if you want to merge it with code-golf anyway? \$\endgroup\$
    – flawr
    Jun 9, 2016 at 14:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ As you're typing the tag name code-golf should show up, just click that. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    Jun 9, 2016 at 17:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ Why on earth does this post have a negative score? \$\endgroup\$
    – SE is dead
    Jun 9, 2016 at 22:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ @dorukayhan Downvotes on meta signify that you disagree with something or that a discussion or feature wouldn't be useful. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    Jun 9, 2016 at 23:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AlexA. "Just click that" is not a solution for me. Some people are lazy. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 10, 2016 at 7:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ @EʀɪᴋᴛʜᴇGᴏʟғᴇʀ The tag synonym system is not in place because of your laziness. If you really want to type less, you can type o<Tab><Enter> instead. Requesting the creation of a useless tag simply because "Some people are lazy" is unreasonable. \$\endgroup\$
    – Doorknob
    Jun 10, 2016 at 14:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ @EʀɪᴋᴛʜᴇGᴏʟғᴇʀ And no, voting is different on meta. Alex is objectively right. \$\endgroup\$
    – Doorknob
    Jun 10, 2016 at 14:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Doorknob I said "alex-is-rwong" on purpose, indicating that I both agree with the meta votes, but disagree with the fact that comment can't be downvoted. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 10, 2016 at 14:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ @EʀɪᴋᴛʜᴇGᴏʟғᴇʀ what??? (also.) \$\endgroup\$
    – Doorknob
    Jun 10, 2016 at 14:54

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to avoid confusion errors

I'm not allowed to create this by myself because the difference is the dash only

Looks like the system is doing its job. Specifically, the message you should be getting is

You are attempting to create the tag [codegolf]; however the tag [code-golf] already exists!

I don't see any potential for confusion there.

Synonyms are created when two tags are being used for the same purpose, making searching, categorization, etc. difficult. Since [codegolf] cannot even be created, adding a synonym would be pointless.

  • \$\begingroup\$ This is a real problem on everything but tags in the tag section of a question. You're not covering the other areas of a post where this error could occur. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 10, 2016 at 7:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ @EʀɪᴋᴛʜᴇGᴏʟғᴇʀ elaborate? \$\endgroup\$
    – Doorknob
    Jun 10, 2016 at 14:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ You are saying that the system works, although [tag:codegolf] is possible: codegolf. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 10, 2016 at 14:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ @EʀɪᴋᴛʜᴇGᴏʟғᴇʀ So don't type that. Should there be tags for every possible typo of code-golf as well? code-gofl? cdoe-golf? cpde-golf? \$\endgroup\$
    – Doorknob
    Jun 10, 2016 at 14:47

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