I suggest we make a new tag and then make it a synonym of .

This will mean when new users type 'free', they are suggested with 'gratis'.

What do you think?

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We got rid of the tag free because it is ambiguous: it could mean free (libre) software (i.e. open source, software that you can adopt and modify), or freeware (gratis software, i.e. software that the vendor doesn't charge for).

It has recently become possible to show a short guidance text when a poster tries to use a blacklisted tag. I propose:

The tag 'free' is ambiguous. Please use for software that doesn't require paying money, or for libre/open-source software.

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    If that is possible, then yes, showing that note is perfect! So do mods do that? Or developers? Commented Jul 25, 2014 at 17:54
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    @ṧнʊß It's a developer-only feature. Let's give people a few days to discuss the wording, then one of us mods will contact the developers. Commented Jul 25, 2014 at 18:26
  • 4 votes now... :) Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 13:47
  • Although I realize that this "ambiguity" has been promulgated by open source advocates, I don't really think it is ambiguous in a practical sense. When someone who has never heard of this issue asks for something free, they mean that they don't want to pay for it. If they specifically know and mean they want it without intellectual property restrictions, they'll ask for "open source", "open", etc.
    – BrenBarn
    Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 7:19
  • Agreed BrenBarn. Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 16:51

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