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Can we synonymize and ?

They are basically the same thing. Both are being used for questions about cloning machines (desktops and servers), or cloning hard drives. is the one being used more, with more accepted answers and score, but it doesn't have a description. We could copy over the description from .

I don't have enough score on any of them to suggest the "synonymization" (boy, what a word), hence the question.

  • As always a bit of clean sweep should be mandatory before any action. – Braiam Sep 16 '13 at 18:06
  • I'm contemplating retaging all "cloning" to be "clone", but that's useless anyways; that's the whole point of synonyms. – Alaa Ali Sep 16 '13 at 18:08
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    @Braiam You might need to explain what you think should be "mandatory" here. It doesn't make any sense to me simply when merging two tags. – Kevin Bowen Sep 17 '13 at 7:51
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    @KevinBowen well, when I asked to synonymize sleep and suspend, nobody bothered to check if sleep was well used, now we have questions with sleep the bash command that means 'wait' without checking. That is what I mean by mandatory verification. – Braiam Sep 17 '13 at 11:57
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and are used interchangeably, and largely in accordance with the description in the tag wiki.

I only spotted a handful of questions that didn't fit, and I retagged them:

  • Distributed version control: 1
  • Multiple monitors: 1 2
  • Users: 1

I prefer the name “cloning” since the questions are about the cloning activity, not about a clone. It's also the name Unix & Linux uses. Super User has both.

  • Yeah, I also prefer the name cloning. I'm not sure if it's possible to "synonymize" them then make all of them tagged as "cloning", but if it is, then that's great! – Alaa Ali Sep 19 '13 at 15:00
  • @Alaa Moderators can make the two tags synonym. (There's a voting process to do it without moderator intervention, but the requirements are too high to be practical, and clone would have to be the main tag because it has more occurrences.) – Gilles Sep 19 '13 at 16:09
  • Yup, I know the process =), but I didn't know that the one with more occurrences becomes the main tag. Can it not be manually changed to be cloning? – Alaa Ali Sep 19 '13 at 16:13
  • @Alaa Moderators can set it up either way. Moderators can even synonymize a tag to a non-existing tag, which effectively means renaming a tag. – Gilles Sep 19 '13 at 16:27
  • So you're saying you can't start the process to synonymize them because you don't have a score of 5 or more in clone? I thought it was the other way around. – Seth Sep 22 '13 at 22:53
  • @Seth You need a sufficient score in the main tag. Nobody except moderators can start the synonym process to make cloning the main tag. If clone is to be the main tag, there is only one user (soon 2) who can propose the synonym (not counting moderators), and 7 more who could vote for it. – Gilles Sep 22 '13 at 23:06
  • @Gilles Why can only mods make cloning the main tag? You have a score of 6 in it. – Seth Sep 23 '13 at 16:42
  • @Seth The main tag has to have more occurrences than the proposed synonym, or at least almost as many (I forget what the exact threshold is). At a 4:1 ratio, only clone can be the main tag unless a moderator intervenes. – Gilles Sep 23 '13 at 18:11

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