The tag is used for both Keyboard-Video-Mouse switch and for Linux Kernel-Virtual-Machine infrastructure.

There are tags and

Is it worthwhile changing all 'kvm' tags to one or other of these? There are 109 questions with this tag, maybe 90-95% could be changed to 'kvm-switch'.

  • Is it useful to do this?
  • Are there tools to help?
  • What happens in future when someone creates a 'kvm' tag?

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Seems like a good suggestion.

  • This will have to be done manually(Ed: if majority of them are questions which belong to a tag, Mods can do a mass rename and handle the minority questions manually)
  • we can create a synonym mapping for to any of the above.

Now complete.

updating post history, 99 rows affected
updating posts, 78 rows affected
updating PostTags associations, 67 rows affected
removing/renaming old tag, 1 rows affected
updating count for master tag, 1 rows affected
tag remapping of [kvm-switch] and [kvm] complete!
remapping 0 synonyms
10 favorite and ignored tags remapped!
Tag Synonym kvm -> kvm-switch was approved!
  • 2
    Is it obvious to users that selecting kvm will map to a different tag? Or will we get kvm-switch tagged questions about Linux virtualization?
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 15:29
  • @DanielBeck it'll be something like this: i.imgur.com/Cdj26.png
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 6:46
  • osx isn't a synonym. Do synonyms really appear as normal tags when selecting them?
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 7:38
  • @DanielBeck the main tag is shown in the popup but with the synonym highlighted i.imgur.com/3om1u.png
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 14:08
  • It remains to be seen if this works. My guess is, quite a few users won't get it. Otherwise we wouldn't have mac tagged software questions, osx related questions tagged mac-os, or the mac-os-x tag.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 14:10
  • @DanielBeck Unfortunately some people don't seem to understand the concepts very well. I'm still waiting for some consensus on this approach, though
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 14:17
  • @DanielBeck mac-os-x is gone now. Sathya, I personally would split up the tags into two different ones, and not introduce synonyms. I'm still not sure if adding synonym in these cases is really the best way (same goes for this one, as Atom processors will be more dominant in the future than Atom XML feeds).
    – slhck
    Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 21:30
  • @slhck the synonym was a suggestion for RedGrittyBrick's question as to prevent creation of kvm once again after doing the rename
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Commented Sep 27, 2011 at 12:33
  • Yep, I understand. Well, if that's the solution, fine with me!
    – slhck
    Commented Sep 27, 2011 at 13:28

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