I recently received a suggested edit on one of my posts (which I had tagged ) adding in a new tag, which has only been used once before.

Do we really need this tag? Isn't the tag enough?

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    I shot down a few of these suggested edits. I agree that we don't need a mac tag. The "mac" tag does nothing that the "osx" tag doesn't do already.
    – dotVezz
    Commented Feb 5, 2014 at 19:34

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No, the tag osx is enough. Mac isn't software but hardware. Osx is the software/OS running on macs.

  • I think you should say "No", otherwise it sounds like you're saying we need a mac tag (at least, it sounds like that at first).
    – Seth
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 0:50

Expanding on Jordi Kroon's suggestion:

We need a good tag wiki. So that noone uses osx for hardware and mac for software.

We should blacklist the tag mac, and instead have a tag mac-hardware. and a mac-os for operating system.

Possibly where mac-os is synonymised to osx (or the latest mac OS), but as comments point out this has issues. Instead puttign a note in the osx tag wiki saying Strongly consider using the mac-os tag if this is not specifically for osx, but for any mac-os. Please do not use both.

  • Making it to the latest mac OS will cause problems later on in the future since Apple does make new OS's a lot and changing the tag for every version is a pain.
    – aman207
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 5:26
  • This is a software recomendation site, I don't think the hardware platform (except it the case of architecture (arm vs. x86)) will ever be relevant. The mac tag should probably just be a synonym for osx and this will solve the need for a wiki too.
    – Caleb
    Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 14:48
  • I think there are a very small number of hardware questions that might crop up, eg: Looking for nvidea driver for Macbook must be open source etc. Not many though. I'm not super keen on this suggestion any more (even though i wrote it). However I also disargee with mac==osx Commented Feb 22, 2014 at 2:14

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