I just finished writing the tag wiki info for the tag, which only had 6 questions associated with it, which seemed odd. Then I saw a question about WWI that wasn't on the list for the tag I had been working on, and I realized that there are two different tags for the same war - and .

Although it sucks that my efforts were wasted, it seems like we should merge the tags, and make one of them a synonym for the other. Although I feel that makes more sense than , because in my experience, the former is used more often than the latter, I don't care which tag becomes a synonym of the other, or gets merged into the other. The important thing is that one of the two tags goes away.

  • If you type in the "WW.." then it's automatically completed to 1 or I, right?
    – jjack
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 19:36
  • @jjack - The options when you type "ww" are "ww2", "war", "warfare", "law", and "ww1", in that order.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 1:04
  • @jjack Not if you don't pause and wait for the autocompletion.
    – Semaphore
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 4:44

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I agree with the idea since duplicate tags are never good, but propose we ditch the acronym and rename the tag to or something similar. This removes the discussion of how we indicate the numeral and makes it clear from the start what the tag is about to people who are not familiar with one or more of the acronyms. It might then also be a good idea to tag the Second World War similarly.

  • 5
    Great proposal. We should do the same for the ww2 tag as well.
    – Semaphore
    Commented Sep 5, 2015 at 11:53
  • 1
    In English at least, I suggest world war-one and world-war-two as the tag names to facilitate search. Using either First or Second as the start of either tag seems obscure to me. Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 5:14
  • 1
    How do we get some mod or high rep users to implement this suggestion? I'm not very familiar with how beta sites are administered.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 2:15
  • We might have to flag this post for moderator intervention, to request this proposal be implemented.
    – Semaphore
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 18:53
  • I don't know what the custom is for flagging for moderator intervention, and if it's a good idea to do this on your own post or for implementing suggestions, but I flagged it nonetheless.
    – Nzall
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 19:48

There is now a new tag that contains the info from the old ww1 and the extended info from the old wwi (if I did it right). Its child synonyms are and . It contains 103 questions.

There is also now a new tag that is essentially a rename of the old (which appeared to be our previous master synonym). Its child synonyms are , , and . It contains 438 questions.

Hopefully this is roughly what the community hashed out in Nate's answer.

I'd also like to apologize for the relative sloth which which we mods performed this. Merges are destructive and irreversable, and thus aren't something good to do in a typical quick 5-minute mod break. Thanks to those who flagged this.

In the future, if the community is impatient for a synonym request to be processed, there is actually a method for doing synonyms via community votes without diamond mod intervention:

Users with more than 1250 reputation and a total answer score of 5 or more on the tag, can suggest tag synonyms. Users with a total answer score (total upvotes minus total downvotes) of 5 or more on the tag, can vote for tag synonyms. Suggestions will be automatically approved when they reach a score of 4, and automatically deleted when they reach a score of -2.

Merges however are destructive, and require diamond mod action.

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