Please merge [open-question] to [open-problem].

Edit: The tag synonym has been created but we need 4 upvotes for moderators to merge tags according to the current procedure. If you like this proposed merge, please upvote this question!

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  • $\begingroup$ this can be viewed as good or bad :), but my awesome moderator powers (AMP$^{TM}$) converted my vote into a confirmed synonym :) $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Oct 1 '10 at 17:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Suresh: Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Oct 1 '10 at 17:52
  • $\begingroup$ Moderators: tag status-completed? $\endgroup$ – Jukka Suomela Oct 1 '10 at 19:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Jukka: No, the tag synonym has been created but the tags have not been merged. We need 4 upvotes for merging. $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Oct 1 '10 at 20:47
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    $\begingroup$ btw I'm happy to revisit the 4-vote policy if people think that's too much: we don't have that much activity on meta. $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Oct 1 '10 at 20:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Suresh: The specific number 4 might have room to reconsider, but right not I am still unsure if the number should be decreased. Considering that merging is irreversible, I guess that it is good to take some reasonable time since merging is proposed before actually merging the tags. $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Oct 1 '10 at 20:54
  • $\begingroup$ Uh-oh, I assumed that the merger was done, too, as there really isn't any reason not to do it in trivial cases like this. I'm more and more inclined to think that we need a more lightweight protocol for doing straightforward tag cleanup. $\endgroup$ – Jukka Suomela Oct 1 '10 at 20:54
  • $\begingroup$ Regarding the irreversibility: Are the mergers completely "invisible"? Once a merger is performed, is it impossible to find out which posts were affected by a particular merger? Can't we see anything in the edit history of the question? $\endgroup$ – Jukka Suomela Oct 1 '10 at 20:57
  • $\begingroup$ @Jukka: Good point. I suspect that merges are invisible, but I am not definitely sure. I hope that Suresh may know more about how merges work. $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Oct 1 '10 at 21:49
  • $\begingroup$ merges appear to be invisible. I checked a question with a tag that I merged yesterday, and there's no trace of information. $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Oct 1 '10 at 22:53
  • $\begingroup$ I also tried using the /posts/..id.../revisions trick, and even there the merge appears to be invisible. $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Oct 1 '10 at 22:57
  • $\begingroup$ In that case we can do what I did below: compose a list of posts that are affected. Then it can be manually undone if someone insists. $\endgroup$ – Jukka Suomela Oct 2 '10 at 10:06
  • $\begingroup$ @Suresh: This request has reached 4 upvotes. Can you please do this merge? $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Oct 3 '10 at 3:11
  • $\begingroup$ yup. btw in case I don't see it, a moderator flag is another way to get my attention. $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Oct 3 '10 at 5:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Suresh: Thanks! And next time I will remember about a moderator flag. $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Oct 3 '10 at 5:32

These posts will be affected (current tag open-question, new tag open-problem):

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks! If anyone is wondering, it is easy to retag this specific question. Here I am following the procedure of merges because (a) I want to see if anyone has an objection before retagging, (b) I would like to see how merges work and how long it takes to make a decision, and (c) I do not want to bump the question just because of retagging. $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Oct 2 '10 at 15:39

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