Right now, we have , , and tags.

The "-computing" is redundant given the nature of this site. How about we pick either "scientific" or "science" and move everything in the other two tags into that one?

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    Good points! scientific is just gone (was only 1 Q, and even that was "on hold"). Wondering about the distribution: Again, only 1 Q for science, but 14 in scientific-computing. Looks like most "questioners" feel science too generic. And I can imagine a difference between the terms like scientific-computing as processing of data to find out their relation – and science being other rather "supporting" stuff (like periodic tables or other lookups, or science-specifc archival/document processing). Not exactly my area of expertice.
    – Izzy Mod
    Mar 24, 2015 at 6:56
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    @Izzy Yes. Tags are an interesting phenomena. Part of me says "Use whatever people choose naturally" and part of me recognizes that once a tag exists, however imperfect, it biases other people to use it. I think the bottom line is to have what helps people find what they want... and I think that takes some real thought to determine how to best facilitate that functionality. Mar 24, 2015 at 8:39

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Scientific computing is a subset of software used for sciences. For example iOS: Chemical/Molecule Viewer is about science but not about scientific computing. Real Time (<10ms response) Graphing/Charting isn't particularly about science.

I think we can drop (which I'm guilty of having created) and stick with tags for individual sciences such as , with used when appropriate (I haven't reviewed whether the current uses are appropriate).


I think we should synonym to , thus making the main tag. We don't serve non-computing stuff here, but it seems that people think its necessary to explicitly say that they need computing to be done.

So, the better tag is , but as people have used to express what they mean we should keep it as synonym.

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    Scientific computing is a subset of software used for sciences. For example softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/14303/… is about science but not about scientific computing. I suspect we shouldn't have science at all, it's too broad — but on the other hand it only exists on one question (and there was another one with scientific). Mar 24, 2015 at 13:41
  • @Gilles "there was another one with scientific": I re-tagged that one (see my comment on the question here itself). I fully agree with you that 'science' is much too broad (which is why I did what I did). I also agree the better way would be tags like chemistry (+1 on your answer from me). I just think we should split that off later, when enough questions exist – tags with only 1 question don't survive very long :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Mar 24, 2015 at 13:55

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