In the review queue, I just saw the free-software tag being created, and a tag wiki excerpt being proposed. I find that tag confusing: we already have gratis for "free of charge", and open-source. So what should that new one be? The proposed tag excerpt reads:
Free software, software libre, or libre software is computer software that gives users the freedom to run the software for any purpose as well as to study, modify, and distribute the original software and the adapted versions.
To me, that sounds like a duplicate to open-source – but who reads tag wikis or excerpts? The majority of users is more likely to confuse this with gratis. Possible actions:
- drop it altogether (draw-back: it might pop up again, unless blacklisted)
- make it a synonym to open-source (draw-back: possible confusion)
- leave it as-is (not really, as even more confusion)
- make it a synonym to gratis, while dropping its proposed excerpt/wiki (draw-back: again some confusion)