The OP of a recent question misspelled their new tag but of course it should be . I nearly retagged it but at the last minute realized a mod might be able to rename it.

  • Changed it. Did it on mobile let me know if I mucked it up at all! Note if the system lets you when it’s only on a couple of questions and no usage guidance just remove the tag and create the new one by editing the posts yourself.
    – TheLethalCarrot Mod
    Mar 13 at 23:30
  • Ok thanks. Do you know the specific number of questions below which the tag will self-burninate if you unlink it?
    – Spencer
    Mar 14 at 0:11
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    You realize, of course, whether or not that's the way it really works, I just HAD to use the term "self-burninate".
    – Spencer
    Mar 14 at 0:13
  • Tags will be deleted by the daily job when they don’t exist on any question.
    – TheLethalCarrot Mod
    Mar 14 at 7:13

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This is already fixed, but for completeness and posterity, here are the options to rename a misspelled tag:

  • Edit each post manually. Hopefully a misspelled tag wouldn't survive long enough to be used on many questions, so this should be a feasible task. However, if the correct spelling is very close to the existing one, the system may not let you create a tag that's "too similar", and you may need mod assistance.

  • Mod-merge the tag. This automatically renames the tag and replaces it on all posts having that tag, but it can only be done by a diamond mod. (The process is the same as for merging a tag into another one: as a mod, you go to the page for the existing tag, click on the "Merge" button next to "Synonyms", and type in the new desired name for the tag.

There is no need to burninate a tag that's been removed from all questions; it will automatically disappear from the system within 24 hours anyway. (If desired, the mod-merge process mentioned above can also add a synonym so that anyone typing the misspelled tag name will automatically get the new tag name. This is a checkbox option on the mod merge page, and it may be desirable for very common misspellings.)

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