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How does the software make this decision? I find it frustrating to try to help (I wrote a post about merging two tags) and then have my attempt blocked.

Maybe none of you have seen this message:

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    $\begingroup$ Incidentally, now that this slipped through the blocking net: graph-algorithm and graph-algorithms are both tags, and should be merged. $\endgroup$ Oct 14 '11 at 12:47
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    $\begingroup$ I guess the most common reason for getting this error message is posting a question that is too short. $\endgroup$ Oct 14 '11 at 15:04
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    $\begingroup$ I'll create a synonym....done. $\endgroup$ Oct 14 '11 at 16:41
  • $\begingroup$ I know that is frustrating…. The exact criteria are secret for a reason I do not understand. You can see that many people on Meta Stack Overflow are confused by that message, if it eases your frustration (but probably it does not). $\endgroup$ Oct 15 '11 at 12:45
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, Tsuyoshi, that clarifies the situation. Clearly their software does not contemplate reporting a trivial tag-merge issue in meta! $\endgroup$ Oct 16 '11 at 23:53
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Yes, I think shortness is the main criterion

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't think it is that straightforward, but I'm not inclined to pursue this further. Next time I will pad. :-) $\endgroup$ Oct 14 '11 at 16:55
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    $\begingroup$ It's possibly also a lack of links or other 'nontrivial words'. These are things that are different from MO because we have no control over it. $\endgroup$ Oct 14 '11 at 17:01

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