I tried to create tag synonym today for -> , since there is an obvious split on these kind of questions. Although true that iOS encompasses the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, software that can be run on the iPhone can also run on any of these devices.

However, apparently it requires me to have 5 upvotes on that specific tag. Since we have so many diverse tags as each game gets its own tag, and games that aren't super popular at the moment probably only have one or two questions about them; this means only mods would be able to make the bulk of tag synonyms (as witnessed here).

I thus propose that, at least for gaming, the 5 upvote requirement for creating tag synonyms be removed. Since you already need 2500 reputation to create tag synonyms and there is a voting system in place already - I feel that requiring 5 upvotes seems redundant, or at the very least difficult to achieve at gaming.se.

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    Good question. However, (slightly off-topic) I think the iphone tag should be kept separate from an ios tag, as some questions may be specific to the iPhone version of a game (the versions may differ), or may concern the iPhone's hardware exclusively. Of course, these questions could be tagged ios and iphone.
    – Kevin Yap
    May 30, 2011 at 0:44
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    I've always thought the rep restrictions regarding tags are way too high. May 30, 2011 at 15:01
  • @Matthew - you're telling me... May 31, 2011 at 6:25
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    It's not just a problem on new sites. For comparison, the vast majority of synonyms on SU have been created by ♦'s as well, and the list on SO has many synonym suggestions that have been created by users and have effectively no votes.
    – DMA57361
    May 31, 2011 at 11:18
  • Lower it please!
    – CyberSkull
    Nov 10, 2011 at 16:35

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The restrictions on synonym voting are certainly too strict for most smaller sites, making it impossible to create synonyms by voting. The proposed synonyms are also not very visible, making it even more unlikely that another user that is eligible for voting will see the proposed synonym.

But I think it doesn't matter, except for the very simple cases like plural/singular, synonym proposals really benefit from being made in public and discussed. Proposing it on meta means that more people take a look at the proposal and point out edge-cases and problems with the synonym.

Proposing the synonyms on the meta here and letting a moderator create them after the details are hashed out is in my opinion the best way to create synonyms. We have a pretty small volume of tag synonyms, so I don't see it as a problem that only moderators can effectively create them.

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