Hello, this is kind of a random problem, and I'm wondering if there's an easy fix.
My blog at cnyradio.com has over 1,700 tags. In reporting about local radio and television happenings, I have a small handful of categories, but I tag every single (1) personality, (2) station call sign, (3) station owner and (4) show title mentioned in each article.
Quite awhile ago, I somehow managed to get into a situation where certain tags got duplicated. For example, when I type "Clear" in the tag window, the autocomplete box lists two separate "Clear Channel Communications" tags.
They are spelled exactly the same way; I am not sure how or why WordPress managed to create a second tag. One is slugged clear-channel and the other is clear-channel-communications.
Obviously, I want ALL the articles in ONE tag. In the past, I've occasionally gone through my tag list and I have cleaned these up manually. Here are the steps I take:
- See which tag has fewer posts.
- Click on the number of posts, since this will open a list of all posts with that tag.
- Edit each post, one-by-one, removing the "wrong" tag and then adding the "right" tag.
- Update each post.
- Make sure the "wrong" tag now has zero posts.
- Delete the "wrong" tag.
While I've gone through this process a few times, it seems that every so often, I'll spot another pair of "duplicate" tags.
Does anyone know of a plugin that can clean these up? I tried searching... as you might imagine, a search for "tags" or even "duplicate tags" brings up plenty of results, but so far, I haven't seen anything that does this particular task. I'm not sure if I'm just not using the right search terms, or if such a plugin simply doesn't exist. Hoping that maybe someone else who had a similar situation might know of an answer.