Stack Overflow has a language-agnotic tag, for questions that don't specifically require a answer in any one language.

Do we need a os-agnostic tag, for if we don't care which OS the answer is in? I've created on as stuck it on this question.

The usecase is slightly different, I'm not certain if it is a good idea.

  • The existence of language-agnostic on SO is an argument against: l-a is so inconsistently applied that it's useless. Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 1:43

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This is something you should specify within the question itself. The tag was tried on Stack Overflow with the best of intentions, but has become little more than a soupy mess today - filtering on that specific tag yields nothing of specific value. Many of those questions have nothing else in common but belonging to that tag.

The same would happen here, filtering on would yield image editors, CD burners, CAD programs and probably anything written in Java - it doesn't have any real value in taxonomy as far as the site goes.

Now, the fact that you need a portable solution should definitely be part of your question, where you indicate just how important that particular constraint actually is. It probably doesn't belong as a tag.

  • So we also don't want OS tags? Since the only thing in common between CD burners, Image burners etc, are that they are for the same OS? Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 7:26
  • @Oxinabox No, OS tags have their utility. There are commonalities on how to search for and install software. Sometimes the recommendation is even “use tool X, which is bundled” — that yields answers which are about the OS. Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 17:25

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