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How does one merge tags? Does it take a moderator? (The "multicolinearity" tag is a misspelling of "multicollinearity", for example, and should be removed permanently. Or should we allow misspelled synonyms?)

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for spotting this. $\endgroup$ – user88 Nov 25 '10 at 12:28
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To answer you general question, you can create a synonym when you have 10K rep or are a mod (see the privileges page).

Regarding your particular question about multicollinearity, I agree with Srikant's suggestion:

  • Misspellings should be fixed (as in this case).
  • Context differences should be handled with a synonym, e.g. modelling and modeling.
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  • $\begingroup$ My privileges page says I can already create synonyms (which I have done as a workaround in this case). It doesn't say anything about merging or deleting tags. $\endgroup$ – whuber Nov 24 '10 at 21:50
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, I misread your question. Merging and deleting tags are available to mods only (see this meta question). $\endgroup$ – csgillespie Nov 25 '10 at 9:06
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for the reference to that discussion: it illuminates the issue. I did not appreciate the irreversibility of the merging process. The answer, it seems, is that requests for substantive changes to tags should be directed to moderators and I take it that this meta forum is the proper (and only?) mechanism to do so. $\endgroup$ – whuber Nov 26 '10 at 16:03
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    $\begingroup$ For any substantive changes to tags, just post it on meta. $\endgroup$ – csgillespie Nov 27 '10 at 13:19
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I think the we should follow the following general recipe:

  • Misspellings like the one pointed out in the question should be fixed.

  • Misspellings because of a difference in usage across contexts (e.g., color vs colour) should not be fixed. Instead, we should use the synonym feature for these types of misspellings.

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  • $\begingroup$ +1 Agreed about variants of usage. A good example is "modeling" and "modelling," which should be synonyms. But how does one go about making fixes? By posting questions in meta (like this one)? $\endgroup$ – whuber Nov 24 '10 at 15:22
  • $\begingroup$ @whuber I am not sure about the process. Perhaps, one of the mods have an insight? $\endgroup$ – svadali Nov 24 '10 at 15:31

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