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I know it's not a good question title...

I'd like to have a question and short answer here on meta.SF that explains what - if anything - people can or should do to clean up tags. I've seen blog posts about tag synonyms and wikis and I've seen Q&A here about cleaning up certain tags, but I've never seen a fairly short guide to "what should a normal user do to help clean up?"

A recent question related to HP-UX and I noticed that both hp-ux and hpux tags were in use on various questions. hp-ux was more common and is more correct, so I changed all the hpux tags to hp-ux and edited many of the questions to read hp-ux instead of hp ux or hp/ux.

I'm wondering:

  • was it worth doing this or if it would've been better to just post here and let a mod do it in bulk?

  • how does a person set up a tag synonym?

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was it worth doing this or if it would've been better to just post here and let a mod do it in bulk?

Yes, it was worth doing, but only if there are a few of them. If there are lots (I'd say, > 20) then don't bother, we don't want all those questions bumped to the front page. Post a question here on Meta and we'll take care of it. What I also suggest you also do is suggest a synonym as well, which comes to the next question:

how does a person set up a tag synonym?

There's an (un-finished) question on MSO here: What are tag synonyms and merged tags? How do they work?

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    It would be nice if questions didn't get bumped for only tag changes. – John Gardeniers May 4 '11 at 1:42
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    Don't both with tag synonyms, just request them on mSF. Nobody has the necessary prerequisites, the system was made for SO, it doesn't work for any of the other SE sites. – Chris S May 4 '11 at 17:52

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