I have noticed a user actively changing bayes-network tag into bayesian-network. Both tags have approximately the same number of questions (about 90 each), but neither has a description.

  • Are they duplicates?
  • Should one be removed?
  • Could anyone create a wiki and an excerpt for the remaining one (or both)?
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    $\begingroup$ The user is doing this massively (right about now)! Someone should stop him before we are sure how to deal with the two tags. $\endgroup$ Commented May 1, 2016 at 20:09
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    $\begingroup$ I have made the two tags into synonyms. (This is a reversible action, in case answers here suggest some other course is advisable.) In the meantime the system has automatically blocked additional edit suggestions by that user. The motivation for these changes appears reasonable; the problem is that a wholesale manual change of hundreds of threads is not the way to go about making them! $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Commented May 1, 2016 at 21:17
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    $\begingroup$ @whuber I found the user in question and looked at his edit comments. I agree with him that "Bayesian network" is the preferred term in the literature, so I think your synonym [bayes-network]$\to$[bayesian-network] is correct and can safely be merged (perhaps after a day or two, just in case somebody protests here). $\endgroup$
    – amoeba
    Commented May 1, 2016 at 21:38
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    $\begingroup$ I have put in a tag wiki for Bayesian networks and fully agree that Bayes network should be a synonym. $\endgroup$ Commented May 3, 2016 at 14:27
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    $\begingroup$ Sorry for being that user haha - I still don't understand the tagging process. I will avoid making any more similar edits in the near future. I'm just really interested in Bayesian networks and was frustrated that the separation of questions related to them was being split into two tags arbitrarily, making the interest on Cross Validated seem smaller than it was. Any suggestions for how to better approach such a problem in the future would be appreciated. $\endgroup$ Commented May 4, 2016 at 1:20
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    $\begingroup$ @William: no problem, and thank you for helping to organize the site. The problem with edits (like retags) is that edited posts are automatically pushed to the top of the active questions list - so each retag pushes off one actual new question, which receives a lot less attention once it's off the first page... $\endgroup$ Commented May 4, 2016 at 7:20
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    $\begingroup$ @William: ... the preferred way to deal with a situation like this is to propose a tag synonym, as was done here: the tag "bayes-network" will now automatically point to "bayesian-network". You can either propose such a synonym yourself once you hit 2,500 rep, or simply open a question here on Meta, and we will discuss it (or just post here). If you want to help organize the site, you are most welcome, and I'd recommend you browse a bit through Meta to get a feeling for how the community likes to do things. Welcome aboard! $\endgroup$ Commented May 4, 2016 at 7:25
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    $\begingroup$ @William, StephenKolassa is right. Your idea was good and helpful, but re-tagging is a somewhat special process. But your actions ultimately led to a better outcome! $\endgroup$ Commented May 4, 2016 at 7:25
  • $\begingroup$ @whuber: this appears to be resolved to everyone's satisfaction. Do you want to add the status-completed tag? $\endgroup$ Commented May 4, 2016 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ @RichardHardy, consider posting an answer stating that the issue is resolved and accepting it, to mark this thread as resolved (otherwise your question remains both officially and visually "unanswered"). $\endgroup$
    – amoeba
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 21:09

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The problem has been solved. Closing the thread.


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