This meta post from a couple of months ago asks what to do when one tag is a subset of another. The specific example there was as a subset of . The result was that was made a synonym of , and the meta question was tagged .

It is still not clear to me if there is a general policy for dealing with situations like this. Specifically, I am wondering about . There are several tags (perhaps , ,,...) that seem to be a subset of . I don't necessarily think it is a good idea to make the other tags synonyms of , because the other tags carry more specific information. On the other hand, when someone searches for puzzles, it might be nice if the other tags popped up as well.

Is it possible to have one tag marked as a subset of a second, so that a search for the second also finds posts tagged with the first?

  • $\begingroup$ meta.puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/2875/… I tried once, failed. Fact is that people may not only be interested in combinatorics puzzles, they might want to search all puzzles that share a mathematical approach of any kind. That's the point of math tag, I think. $\endgroup$
    – leoll2
    May 25, 2015 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ +1, great idea! Another example is that number-sequence, letter-sequence, and word-sequence are all within pattern. Both the subtags and the supertags are useful, but it would be nice to be able to see the connection without having to go into the tag wikis. That said, this is probably too big a change for the devs to consider in the near future. $\endgroup$ May 25, 2015 at 17:33
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    $\begingroup$ One way to manage this might be to have a list of similar tags popping up when you type in a tag, in the same way as the list of similar questions does when you type in a title. $\endgroup$ May 26, 2015 at 9:47
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    $\begingroup$ I am personally way more interested in combinatorics and probability than any other math problem, and as I do, I guess other would, so putting all them together doesn't seem like the best idea. Having supertags sounds amazing to get the best of both. $\endgroup$
    – Masclins
    May 26, 2015 at 11:10


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