I just logged in a duplicate suggestion to make "pagination" a duplicate of "paging":

has 53 questions, currently only 4.

But then I felt, the term "pagination" would be the better fit for the subject of dividing results into discrete pages, and this just started off on the wrong foot.

I cannot log in the reverse synonym as my score for "paging" is too low.

The current tag description for paging is:

Separating results into equally-sized 'pages' typically for display purposes. Also known as pagination.

Wikpidia about "pagination":

Pagination, also known as paging, is the process of dividing a document into discrete pages, either electronic pages or printed pages.

Also known as paging, but "paging" is more commonly known to be about memory management on the OS level. Wikipedia:

In computer operating systems, memory paging is a memory management scheme by which a computer stores and retrieves data from secondary storage for use in main memory.

On Stackoverflow, I see 2368 questions tagged "paging", but 16672 for "pagination".

The term "pagination" is used much more commonly than "paging" in the tagged posts.

I suggest to use "pagination" and make "paging" a synonym. Would you agree?


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I would agree that pagination is the correct term. With out additional context, when I hear paging, my first thought goes to memory paging to disk, not a subset of rows being returned to a webpage.


Yep I agree with this. Will wait a while to see what other feedback comes in.

I have made a synonym of for the moment, but that is easily swapped.

There were no objections, so I have made a synonym of and merged the tags.

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