Per the recent spate of tag discussions, a list of retagging requests grew, as did calls for discussion of controversial tags/synonyms.
Hobodave made clear that tag-voting functionality is built in to the site. I don't think many users know that, so here are some details:
- Click on any tag. This will pull up a list of questions with that tag. Top right of the list is a row of 'tabs' organizing info on the tag: info - stats - newest - featured - hot - votes - active
- Users with more than 1000 reputation can suggest and vote on tag synonyms. Suggestions will be automatically approved when they reach a score of 4, and automatically deleted when they reach a score of -2.
- Tag merging "was only added to SO about a year ago, but it was purely a moderator function." SO has been "slowly but surely been increasing the reputation required to create a new tag from 250 reputation, to 500 reputation, all the way to the current setting of 1500 reputation." That means that once the public beta is done, you'll need 1500 points to create new tags.
My question, if there is one, is whether we should still have specific tag discussions on meta before/in-addition-to suggesting tag merges. Also, should we establish a convention about plurals, preferring plural to singular or vice/versa. As is, the one that happens to have more will be the 'master' tag, which might confuse taggers; it won't matter for already consolidated tags, but for new ingredients, etc. it might be good to have a precedent.