A desktop tag showed up today, in this question. I don't think it contributes much (if at all). The linux tag, also on the question, tells us what we need to know. Anything that works on a linux desktop will work on a linux laptop. The possible exception that it might not be suitable for a linux tablet (because touch screen accessibility), but that should be indicated with a touch screen tag

That I think the desktop tag is bad, and warrants paying attention to. I'm not saying black list it now, but we should be aware of what it is doing.

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    I think I agree, though maybe “desktop” was meant as in “desktop environment” or “GUI widget”. I don't know what's a good tag name for that, what does Super User use? Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 12:28
  • I was mulling over the same thing, and "desktop" vs "mobile" tags. I think that I agree; these tags are unnecessary.
    – dotVezz
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 13:20

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Edit Comments suggested desktop-client as alternative which I suggest we should use. /Edit

I wanted to express that it must run as a regular program on my desktop PC.

As in: Not mobile, Not a webapp. I want to have a window.

It's not meant as desktop vs. laptop (as my laptop is my desktop PC and I haven't heard anybody distinguishing them in the last 5 years or so).

For that reason, I want to have the tag and consider it meaningful, I'm very open to better alternatives if desktop is misleading.

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    Perhaps (if we can't come up with a better tag), a good tag wiki would do Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 14:17
  • But you can't create a [stuff Angelo wants] tag. I'm joking, but see why it is really not advisable to create these broad, sweeping tags to divvy up the site like that — meta.softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/156/… Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 14:27
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    How about desktop-app or desktop-client? Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 14:30
  • @allquixotic I like desktop-client would you add that as an answer? Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 15:01
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    @RobertCartaino I use the tag because I think its meaningful to more then myself. When I wrote the question I asked myself what categories would be useful for future searchers but still not too narrow. (Like 'time-protocoller' would be too narrow) For many users the distinction between "in the web" and "on my desktop" is very important and when I search for a software this is one of the elemental requirements. - I agree that "desktop" is maybe not the best word for it and support alternatives. Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 15:05
  • @RobertCartaino Also, without ever reading the meta qustion you linked before, I thought about using xfce tag or requirement but refrained from it (and that was a good idea, the answer I got is gnome but looks useful!) Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 15:07
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    I personally like desktop-app, but desktop-client works too.
    – Seth
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 17:24
  • Perhaps non-web-app Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 3:29
  • @Oxinabox No. That would include mobile apps. Also anti-tags seem like a bad idea. Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 8:04

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