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I have noticed in the list of tag synonyms that a synonym $\to$ has been suggested. Currently it awaits votes from users.

I am not sure this is a reasonable tag synonym. But I definitely think that such a synonym should not be created without discussing it on meta beforehand - this is a synonym which would influence a very big number of questions.

EDIT: In the meantime, the synonym suggestion has been downvoted to $-2$ and hence removed. (Probably it was noticed partly thanks to this meta post.)

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  • $\begingroup$ I feel like it's a good idea to alter the person whose suggestion this was: @Leila Hatami $\endgroup$ – Stella Biderman Apr 4 '17 at 17:37
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    $\begingroup$ @StellaBiderman That won't notify Leila since they did not comment on this post. See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/43019/… $\endgroup$ – Mike Earnest Apr 4 '17 at 18:44
  • $\begingroup$ @MikeEarnest oh interesting. Thanks for the information. $\endgroup$ – Stella Biderman Apr 4 '17 at 18:44
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    $\begingroup$ Also, it's probably a better idea to alert Leila than to alter her. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Apr 5 '17 at 7:02
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    $\begingroup$ @StellaBiderman I have pinged Leila Hatami in chat. To my best knowledge of chat and notifications in chat, she should get some notification about this. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Apr 5 '17 at 9:28
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    $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak Thank you for notifying me. The suggestion has been closed and there is post with 19 votes against it! I know that this two concepts are far away but I suggest it for more organization. I thought that removing combinatorics and merge it to discrete math could be useful.... $\endgroup$ – MR_BD Apr 5 '17 at 10:56
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I am against this synonym. Although many discrete math problems are also combinatorics problems, and depending on your definition it might be that all combinatorics problems are discrete math problems, they don't mean the same thing. There are many many discrete mathematics problems that are not combinatorics problems, such as problems in elementary number theory, set theory, and graph theory.

If people are using the tags together at a high enough rate as to make them look like synonyms (I don't have information one way or the other) that should be remedied by making the correct tag use clearer, not by making the tags synonyms. There's definitely a lot of questions that get asked that are discrete math and not combinatorics.

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    $\begingroup$ I agree; combinatorics is at the very least only a subset of discrete-mathematics. $\endgroup$ – J. M. isn't a mathematician Apr 4 '17 at 13:55
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    $\begingroup$ Agreed. "Discrete mathematics" is used to distinguish it from "continuous mathematics". Similarly, we do not want a synonym (continuous mathematics) -> (calculus). $\endgroup$ – GEdgar Apr 4 '17 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, I always thought graph theory was combinatorics. But otherwise, I agree. $\endgroup$ – Thomas Andrews Apr 13 '17 at 16:40
  • $\begingroup$ @ThomasAndrews some of it is, but questions about, e.g. DFS aren't combinatorics questions but are graph theory questions. Graph theory is roughly divided into combinatorial and algorithmic IMO. $\endgroup$ – Stella Biderman Apr 13 '17 at 17:08

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