When trying to add an 's' to tags, as we previously discussed, I was shown the following error message:

Creating the new tag [death-records] is not allowed since the tag [death-record] already exists. If you think this new tag should be allowed, raise it on meta.

So... how are we supposed to change this? If we can't create the new tag, is there a way we can edit the tag? Does it require mod powers to do this?

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    Ha! So now will the meta-miracle-man now please step forward!
    – GeneJ
    Commented Dec 15, 2012 at 0:35
  • Trogdor the Burninator, at your service.
    – Luke_0
    Commented Dec 15, 2012 at 2:46

2 Answers 2


I tried to use "tag synonyms" to effectively retag the questions, but was not successful. The tag has to be in the system before it can be proposed. (Note: My attempt probably would have failed anyway, because I might not have enough upvotes on questions so tagged.)

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    This is precisely why we need good people to volunteer to act as a site moderator. With a diamond by your name, you would be able to solve this problem. ;)
    – jmort253
    Commented Dec 15, 2012 at 4:20


  1. Make a list of all questions with . We don't want the tags to get mixed up in the whole process.

  2. Flag one of the questions with . Select it needs ♦ moderator attention > other. In the box, ask the devs to burninate . Include a link to https://genealogy.meta.stackexchange.com/a/1467/56 so the devs realize this community consensus. Note, AFAIK, only devs can burninate tags. However, the flag should go to the devs anyhow because mods have not yet been appointed here.

  3. Retag all the questions from your list .


I've never done this myself, but it's supposed to work. You might want to ask the devs to retag the questions with also (rather than doing it yourself).

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