Yesterday a new tag position was created. There are lots of position-related problems on the site, but all of them just used list-manipulation. So I think such tag is not necessary. However, when I try to create a tag synonym, it says I need 5 score on this tag to do so. Is this promoting that we should use the tag in order to get it merged?

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Is this promoting that we should use the tag in order to get it merged?

No, the synonym is the inferior object so if you propose a synonym for then you claim the proposed one should be replaced by in future. This is not the case here.

You should go to the tag you think is already covering that area and propose a synonym for in this case.

New users create many new, redundant/too specific, tags and our task is to retag those questions if that is the case. Informing OP to not create tags in future unless they seem essential.

further reading:

What are tag synonyms and merged tags? How do they work?

  • Thanks! I thought it was the opposite.
    – vapor
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 10:26
  • Would searching perhaps be a better master tag for "position"?
    – Mr.Wizard
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 11:18
  • @Mr.Wizard hard to argue without wiki. But since you mention it I'd make searching a synonym for filtering too. The latter has a good wiki and more tagged topics. Unless I'm missing a specific area where we need searching and filtering does not apply.
    – Kuba Mod
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 11:24

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