I see some users who use the tag when they really need to talk about .

As this is a Software Recommendations site, I doubt there will be many (if any at all) questions that will be on-topic talking about hardware.

So I propose we show users who try to use the tag the following message:

The tag [mac] refers to the hardware of an Apple computer. This is a software recommendations site, so if you are looking for a recommendation on OSX software (the OS that runs on Mac's, please use the [tag:osx] tag.

Unless I'm mistaken and there genuinely are questions that would be on topic on this site about the mac hardware.

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    One possible route I'm seeing is: if there are no (or extreeeemely few) legit questions about Mac hardware, we synonymize [mac] to [osx], and let the legit hardware questions (if there are any) make their own tag ([mac-hardware]?).
    – user46
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 19:47

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Several sites ([su], [apple.se], [ubuntu.se], [sf]) have mac as a tag meaning Mac hardware and in practice implying OSX as far as we're concerned. So having as a synonym will help for incoming migrations: if we create the synonym, incoming migrations tagged mac on the source site will get tagged here. I've approved the synonym.


As per Undo's comment and looking at nobody denying the proposal, I've gone ahead and suggested a synonym for over here.

If you agree to @Undo, please upvote the suggestion.

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