Going over today's question, I've found one using the (× 11) and (× 13) – plus additionally (× 17). While I can see a reason for the last one to co-exist, I don't see any for two iPhone tags.

Suggestion: Merge with target iphone-app and (optionally) make iphone a synonym (to prevent the tag from re-appearing).

  • I'm in favor of this, we can make it happen if it gets support. The tool for this has a giant "be careful" warning on it, so I'd like to see support before I mess something up.
    – user46
    Feb 5, 2015 at 17:37
  • We've had a bunch of re-tagging and synonymizing over at ASE already. The re-tagging is not the big deal (I'd even volunteer to do that manually – but AFAIK there's a "magic mod tool" doing that automated on a merge). But you're right, I've heard more than once about "crazy things happening" on that – though never anything that couldn't be fixed. So if you're afraid of that automat, I'd re-tag those 11 Qs, and you'd just to make the "empty tag" a synonym then.
    – Izzy Mod
    Feb 5, 2015 at 17:41
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    Related discussion: Apple mobile device tags
    – unor
    Feb 5, 2015 at 18:54
  • I still think the *-app tags should remain, if for consistency: we also have web-app and not web :) If you'll remind me of android not having the -app suffix: that's an OS, not a device.
    – Izzy Mod
    Feb 5, 2015 at 19:01
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    I was just coming to meta to start the same discussion. I'm in favor of keeping iphone-app and making iphone a synonym to it, as we have ipad-app as well. Feb 6, 2015 at 9:04

2 Answers 2


Since we seem to have consensus here, merged and made a synonym.

  • Strange that currently they again are 2 separate tags. As per your answer here and RockpaperLizard's suggestion here, I've tried to merge iphone-app->iphone, but that resulted in an "Ooops" (maybe due to your prior merge?). Let's wait whether the devs contact us back, as an error report has been sent.
    – Izzy Mod
    Dec 19, 2015 at 12:36
  • @Izzy It fails because iphone is already synonomized to iphone-app. If we wanted to switch it, we'd probably have to remove the iphone -> iphone-app synonym. There's only one tag.
    – user46
    Dec 19, 2015 at 17:46
  • Yeah, I've noticed that meanwhile. And right, in order to reverse, we'd need to first remove the synonym, then rename the tag, and then re-create the synonym. As it currently stands, I see no clear indication that's what we should do – as opinions seem devided :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Dec 19, 2015 at 18:14

As we already got multiple voices on this, let me sum up an answer from the comments:

  • We already had a related discussion here: Apple mobile device tags
  • We have comparable tags, e.g. ,
  • We also have related tags without the -apps suffix, e.g.: , ,
  • Tags without the -apps suffix are usually OS tags (as the examples show), while those having the suffix are not – but are rather specific to a vendor or technology

Conclusion: As in this case, the base name again is device specific (which is more close to "vendor specific"), the is the one that should remain, and should be merged with that target and then be made a synonym (to avoid it from being re-created as tag).

For the remaining part (this still leaves us with two iOS specific tags), see the already mentioned discussion in Apple mobile device tags – this is a completely different think and was not intended by me to be a topic here; I solely cared about the two iPhone tags in this context.

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