Most questions up till now used to refer to . With increasing interest in , we will see more questions on this topic. The two versions are so different that answers for one won't be helpful for the other. I therefore suggest the following synonym to make the version explicit:


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  • I guess I might be careful about making it a synonym vs burninating the tag (or whatever it's called, a merge first?). If people just type in 'openlayers' and it gets remapped to 2 when they really should have said 3, it's just more editing and confusion. Yes, I know it shows you choices, but not everyone picks, they frequently just type and return. – Chris W Mar 23 '15 at 22:20
  • @ChrisW With mod privileges synonymizing is easy, merge is too, but burnination needs much more justification and SE involvement so I would perhaps suggest synonym initially, and assuming it works for us, then merge a little later. Burnination is probably overkill - we have only used that for gis, geospatial and spatial so far. – PolyGeo Mar 24 '15 at 0:30
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    I think we should proceed to implement this - nearly 60 views, at least 5 supporters, and no dissent - and openlayers is being used potentially ambiguously about 20 times per week. To find questions that are likely to need removal of the openlayers/openlayers-2 tag we can search using gis.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/… – PolyGeo Mar 26 '15 at 6:50
  • I've suggested a change to the openlayers description. Currently, it has a generic description, just like python or qgis that would suggest it could be used in conjunction with a version specific tag. In reality, the site is automatically mapping it to openlayers-2, and I'm seeing an increasing misuse of openlayers-2 on questions that are about version 3 due that behavior. – Evil Genius Dec 11 '15 at 14:16
  • So, are the tags not going to be merged? I see the openlayers still creating confusion. – Jose Gómez Apr 22 '16 at 15:07

Even though it may necessitate some retagging of OpenLayers 3 questions tagged I think the effort will be worth it.

Now that the tag synonym has been proposed by @Underdark at https://gis.stackexchange.com/tags/openlayers-2/synonyms, and upvoted by me there, I will be very interested to see if we have enough people with sufficient reputation to get this through (or squash it) without us needing to use a moderator tool.

Users with a total answer score (total upvotes minus total downvotes) of 5 or more on the tag, can vote for tag synonyms. Suggestions will be automatically approved when they reach a score of 4, and automatically deleted when they reach a score of -2.

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  • Does one need to have reputation on Openlayers, or on Openlayers-2? – Devdatta Tengshe Mar 23 '15 at 14:30
  • @DevdattaTengshe I'm not certain and will try to find out. I think it is the latter. – PolyGeo Mar 23 '15 at 20:06
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    @DevdattaTengshe It's the latter. Synonyms are children to the masters, so the logic is if you think x should be a synonym of y, then you should know something about y to be able to judge if x really is the same thing. – Chris W Mar 23 '15 at 22:15
  • You know, I say that and then look at the top users on the tag only to see that for 2 there are only two people with a score more than 5. I'm wondering if it's because you guys are mods that you can just vote and propose on anything. There certainly aren't enough people who can vote otherwise. :) – Chris W Mar 23 '15 at 22:24
  • You are right @ChrisW - it looks like we were using mod privileges to get synonym voting underway. There is a Meta SE Q&A here that you may wish to vote for: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/128147/… – PolyGeo Mar 24 '15 at 0:09
  • @PolyGeo: I don't think anyone has enough rep-points on OpenLayers 2 – Devdatta Tengshe Mar 24 '15 at 4:46
  • @DevdattaTengshe From gis.stackexchange.com/tags/openlayers-2/topusers I think it is just you and CaptDragon that appear to - but you are right that we will need to use mod tools to implement (assuming consensus is reached here). – PolyGeo Mar 24 '15 at 5:01
  • @PolyGeo: I thought you needed atleast 5 upvoted answers to vote on a synonym – Devdatta Tengshe Mar 24 '15 at 7:24
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    @DevdattaTengshe it only talks about total net answer score not number of answers and I think you are at 5 and CaptDragon is at 23 - everyone else less - if you try to vote and cannot then I am interested to know. – PolyGeo Mar 24 '15 at 10:34
  • @PolyGeo: I've already voted to tag them as synonyms; but I thought I had that privilege due to overall rep, and not OL-2 specific rep. I'm glad to be corrected though. – Devdatta Tengshe Mar 24 '15 at 10:49
  • @DevdattaTengshe My reference is the quote in this answer (from the synonym page). – PolyGeo Mar 24 '15 at 11:03

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