The tags 'bidi' and 'right-to-left' seem to indicate the same thing. Questions about right-to-left typesetting are obviously concerned with the duality of both left-to-right and right-to-left. 'bidi' is a term fewer people will know and understand, being a shorthand.

I intend to retag the 3 questions with 'bidi' as 'right-to-left'. Should I do anything before proceeding? After retagging, does the tag 'die' automagically? What about its tag wiki entry?

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    Manual retagging is not necessary, it would move the questions to the front page. I could merge the tags instead. However, I suggest keeping {bidi} as synonym, so if somebody chooses {bidi} again, it will be redirected to {right-to-left}.
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 11:00
  • @StefanKottwitz: I wasn't aware there was a synomym mechanism. Can I do that or does it require more reputation?
    – einpoklum
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 11:40
  • Try tex.stackexchange.com/tags/synonyms
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 12:10
  • I see, I need 2,500 to suggest and 5 right-to-left answers to vote. So, please go ahead and synonimize.
    – einpoklum
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 13:52

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bidi is the name of a package, and should be preserved as an independent tag. right-to-left is a description of how text is set, and is not the same as bidi. It's possible that RTL questions might not concern the bidi package (for example RTL in an editor); most bidi questions will also be about RTL, but that should be an additional tag, in my opinion.

So not only should bidi not be removed as a tag, I don't even think the two should be synonyms.

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    I manually added {right-to-left} to the one {bidi} question that was missing it.
    – lockstep
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 19:56
  • The question is, do people use the bidi tag for issues specific to the bidi package? Note that when you use the bidi package, you do so through polyglossia so you don't actually say \usepackage{bidi}.
    – einpoklum
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 20:50
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    It's possible that people misuse the tags, in which case we should remove spurious uses of bidi if necessary. But I don't think that misuse warrants synonymizing the tags. And it's possible to load bidi independent of polyglossia. And problems specific to bidi even if loaded via polyglossia should be tagged bidi.
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 21:04

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