I recently suggested that the tag is a synonym of the tag. Was this the right thing to do for these specific tags, and if so, should I mention the suggestion in this thread?

Added Later: I just found a discussion on MathOverflow Meta as to whether it should be or . They decided to go with the former, whereas, thanks to Arthur Fischer, we now have the latter.

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    $\begingroup$ The fact that tags don't support diacritics in this day and age is saddening. $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Nov 17 '14 at 18:23
  • $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi: There is limited support for diacritics and non-Latin characters in tag names. This is allowed on a site-by-site basis, though likely judged on how necessary the extended character sets are for the community. $\endgroup$ – user642796 Nov 18 '14 at 8:04
  • $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi An interesting read on this subject is Technical Debt, a case study : tags by Marc Gravell, $\endgroup$ – user147263 Nov 18 '14 at 13:20
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    $\begingroup$ Interesting point about MO tag. Thanks to the synonym, a question migrated from MO would have the tag remapped. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Nov 19 '14 at 16:34

It wouldn't've hurt to instead mention this proposed synonym in the Tag Cleanup thread, but that horse has left the barn. In general there is no wrong way to suggest a synonym (excepting perhaps yelling, "Make a synonym of !" at your computer, which is more ineffective than wrong). At worst your proposal just won't get enough support to be implemented.

I saw absolutely nothing controversial about the proposal and went ahead to approve it myself. I also agree with the user soon to be formerly known as Raff and swapped the "master" and "synonym" so that appears as the tag.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. In future I will use the thread. $\endgroup$ – Michael Albanese Nov 20 '14 at 16:14

I think it should be the other way around. In a medium that does not support diacritics (such as tags) the proper spelling is Kaehler, not Kahler.


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