has only three questions, and the much wider used is for questions about

planning lessons for a specific purpose, such as teaching some coding paradigm or skill. Planning lessons in Computer Science depends on the context and level of the students. If it is a lesson which introduces a new topic, the tag [introductory-lesson] may also be appropriate.

Given that, would it make sense to make a synonym of ?


Problem solved. I just changed the tags on the three questions so now lesson-planning has none. It had no tag wiki in any case.

Note that whenever I find a brand new tag that has no wiki, I try to see if we already have one (or two) that covers the case and is already used. In that situation I consider replacing the new tag with older, established, ones. The proliferation of tags can actually make it harder to find related things.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I guess I could have done that (though I have already a couple of pending suggested edits), but it might be that somebody creates the tag again in the future (not sure how likely that is). A synonym would permanently point to the new tag. $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel May 31 '20 at 17:42
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, I probably would have preferred a synonym, but under the circumstances, I'll just wait to see if it actually appears again. $\endgroup$ – Ben I. May 31 '20 at 18:57
  • $\begingroup$ @BenI., too many tags gets in the way, I think. In particular it becomes harder to find an appropriate tag and makes users want to add new ones, making the problem worse. Especially when they don't add wiki explaining the intent. I think mod action is required to merge existing tags. $\endgroup$ – Buffy May 31 '20 at 19:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Buffy Agreed. Tag synonyms are a mod tool to get rid of a tag permanently, and automatically redirect to the desired tag if someone starts typing the removed one. They are a more permanent way to remove tags. $\endgroup$ – Ben I. May 31 '20 at 19:03

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