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Suggestion: Make the synonym of .

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It should be synonymed the other way around. The product was originally VMS and then it became OpenVMS which I believe it is still called. Other than that I don't see any real reason not to do this.

  • I don't see why a synonym should be done, just retagging those 7 questions and crossing fingers until 3:00 UTC
    – Braiam
    Dec 15, 2016 at 18:36
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    @Braiam a synonym is a long term fix as I see it, we don't want to re-have this discussion in two week as the tag can be re-used again
    – yagmoth555 Mod
    Dec 15, 2016 at 19:55
  • Considering that the newest vms question was asked on '13 and it's a 7 years old tag, I doubt that it will be useful on the short term, much less the long one.
    – Braiam
    Dec 15, 2016 at 19:59
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    @Braiam I prefer the synonym's idea, but maybe you should post that as an answer, and let the community decide, as I agree the tag usage is old.
    – yagmoth555 Mod
    Dec 15, 2016 at 20:02
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    @Braiam: Agreed, but OpenVMS on AMD64 is coming. :-) Dec 15, 2016 at 21:30
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    OpenVMS hasn't been a force for a long time i can't see an AMD64 version being much more than a niche hobbyist thing.
    – user9517
    Dec 15, 2016 at 21:35
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    Done diddly doodly.
    – womble Mod
    Dec 19, 2016 at 23:59
  • @Braiam I am a bit at a loss here. What is at 3:00 UTC?
    – M. Glatki
    Dec 27, 2016 at 11:15
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    @M.Glatki the time where most script runs on SE.
    – Braiam
    Dec 27, 2016 at 11:22

Creating synonym is overkilling it: it needs 5 users with a score of 5 on the said tag to be done, or a moderator (the last one is very busy) compared with a single retag that requires 2 minutes and a single user. It's better to just retag them and be done with it, which seems sensible considering that nobody has asked a vms tagged question in years, it's unlikely to be recreated.

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