I was just going over the list of tags, and noticed that there are both 'novel' and 'novels' tags.

Is there a way to merge these into one? 'Novels' is more popular.

Possibly related: Tags: Novel or Book?

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Moderators can merge tags. I've just merged into which was prefered by 100% of the people on chat at the time.

In general, if there's a community consensus that two tags are synonyms and should be merged, a moderator will do it (and if we forget or miss it, ping one of us here on meta, or on chat). For a singular/plural pair, it's obvious that they're synonyms.

Moderators cannot mass-delete a tag. Developers can, but if there are only a few instances, they can be removed by hand. Developers can also blacklist a tag, preventing them from being ever added to a question, if necessary.

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    I'm not talking about novel and book - I'm talking about novel and novels... and how do you get a 'community consensus'?
    – HorusKol
    Commented Aug 9, 2011 at 23:17
  • @HorusKol Oh, sorry, I misread your question. Community consensus means we hash it out on meta and there's no serious objection. Failing consensus, moderators will take the final decision if necessary.
    – user56
    Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 0:48
  • no worries mate :)
    – HorusKol
    Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 12:02

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