I created a tag and attached it to this question. I then discovered that there is a tag with 29 questions already.

The earlier tag did not show up in autocomplete quickly enough when I started typing "supple..." for some reason.

Should I change the tag on the new question or leave it in case that helps to make them synonyms? I have never quite figured out how synonymization works.

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    If it's the only instance of the tag being used I would just edit to remove it and use the other.
    – Bryan Krause Mod
    May 2, 2022 at 1:58
  • @BryanKrause the problem I've pointed out here is that the terms "supplementary" and "supporting" are used somewhat interchangeably and yet when I started typing "supplemen..." the synonymous term did not appear in the autocomplete. This is why I have asked about synonymization. Why don't you think that's a good idea?
    – uhoh
    May 2, 2022 at 4:48

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Changing the tag on your question would destroy the newly created tag (in the daily clean-up) and thus solve any issues you created.

However, I concur that this is a standard case for a synonym. As I don’t see any potential controversy, I created the synonym and added and as further synonyms for good measure.

I have never quite figured out how synonymization works.

There is a user-initiated process for it, but it’s so impractical that you might as well ignore it and have the mods do it (by asking a question on Meta like you did).

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    "Mods are great, mods are good, let us thank them for our tags, amen." Thanks for you help!
    – uhoh
    May 2, 2022 at 11:27
  • @uhoh: Do I sense a hint of irony there? Or is this Poe’s law inverted?
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    May 2, 2022 at 14:07
  • Oh just the opposite! Anybody who can understand things I can't is at least a minor deity to me. It's sort-of an extension of Arthur C. Clarke's third law. I'm elated that SE is so well moderated and works so well.
    – uhoh
    May 2, 2022 at 14:17
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    @uhoh: Mind that this has little to do with understanding, but privileges granted by the system.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    May 2, 2022 at 14:19

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