As discussed here, aliasing would make sense.

Should and could someone with enough reputation make that alias?


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I've proposed the wsl alias for the tag. Looks like there's only 13 users that qualify for voting on the alias at the moment (myself not included), so we'll need to get lucky or be patient :)

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    It's got a score of 2 (out of 4) right now.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Nov 23, 2021 at 12:40
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    we might want to improve that amount of potential voters by making sure questions are tagged, but that's something we should do for new questions anyway. Nov 23, 2021 at 12:41
  • Can't mods create synonyms without going through the voting process?
    – muru
    Nov 24, 2021 at 7:45
  • @muru is there a need for haste?
    – Kusalananda Mod
    Nov 24, 2021 at 14:56
  • @Kusalananda realistically, how fast do tag synonyms get created? I'm thinking somewhere on around "never", since we need an intersection of people (a) that have the voting rights, (b) either know a synonym has been proposed or go to the tag page and find out and (c) actually do that voting too.
    – muru
    Nov 24, 2021 at 15:10
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    I was considering featuring this post as a way to get more main-site visibility. I hesitate to mod-vote on an alias, since I don't want to speak for the community. If the natural voting doesn't get there, I'd consider "enough" positive voting on these posts (and lack of opposition) to be an indication that the community thinks it's a good idea, and hammer the alias in.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Nov 24, 2021 at 15:16
  • I'd vote for it if i could, because i think the synonym is a good idea - even though I've never answered a WSL-only question and probably never will (unless it's also tagged with, or about, bash or sed or awk or something).
    – cas
    Dec 4, 2021 at 7:30
  • 3 out of 4 as of today
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Dec 8, 2021 at 0:01
  • Incidentally, the list of proposed synonyms is a handy page to visit every once in a while. See also Some kind of notification system for when tag synonyms are suggested and the linked questions. Dec 13, 2021 at 9:29
  • What happened with this? It doesn't seem to be an option you can vote on anymore, it doesn't exist as a synonym, and there are no pending tag synonyms at this moment for the community. I'd like to look at this another way: what will be the downsides of including this synonym? The only one I could think of is if there was something else that stood for wsl. If you Google "wsl," the first page refers to either "wsl" or "World Surf League." Because of the former, in our domain, I think this acronym is ubiquitous. Apr 1, 2022 at 17:07
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    @DanielKaplan the wsl synonym is currently at 3 votes; there's not a very long list of qualified voters, so if there's no objections (and I haven't seen any), I'd be willing to push this through.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Apr 1, 2022 at 17:10
  • @JeffSchaller do I not have enough permissions to see that? i.ibb.co/py8jRNP/image.png Apr 1, 2022 at 17:12
  • Sorry; I wonder why! Try unix.stackexchange.com/tags/windows-subsystem-for-linux/… instead? That's the one specifically for the "wsl" tag and shows the proposed synonym.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Apr 1, 2022 at 17:13
  • @JeffSchaller interesting. Could that be a site bug? I can see your latest link. My vote would be to push that through. Thanks. Apr 1, 2022 at 17:14
  • If I was to guess, it's got a reputation filter, perhaps at the 2500 "create synonyms" level. When I saw it posted by Stephen, I assumed (!) that it was wide open.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Apr 1, 2022 at 17:17

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