There is a tag named asoiaf witch seems to refer to the song of ice and fire. It is only used twice. I'm too low-ranking to do anything about it. I'd think, they are synonyms - but since it's only used twice it could be deleted too. So my question would be: Synonyms or deletion?
Tags which aren’t attached to any question get purged from the system by an automatic process:
Tags which are misspelled should have the questions under them retagged to the appropriate tag, which will result in its destruction due to having no uses.
You can just remove them from the questions, and this process will take care of them.
If the tag recurs, then we can always make a synonym later; but in this case, it’s sufficient to let the system clean it up automatically.
We should have made them synonymous.
- A new user decides to ask several asoiaf questions and tags it as such
- They also add it to their favourite tags
- We delete them all over again
- New user is confused as that tag has vanished
It's similar to how duplicate questions are handled, we don't delete the question hoping no one else will ask something similar, we mark as a duplicate straight away.