Someone removed all "client" tags, can he explain why?
That tag does sound meaningless.– Gilles 'SO- stop being evil'Oct 5, 2014 at 21:21
1Well, for example someone wants to find all questions about ftp clients but not servers.– Smit JohnthOct 5, 2014 at 23:02
Also there is a desctop-client tag.– Smit JohnthOct 5, 2014 at 23:08
It looks like client was replaced with desktop client. Client on its own is a very unspecific tag.– aman207Oct 6, 2014 at 5:30
I removed the client tag from all questions that had it two days ago (not sure if more questions had it and someone else removed it from them before), which were these 5 (an amount where I thought a preceding Meta discussion was not needed) IIRC:
- Torrent client with continuous file download
- VPN with straightforward, reliable configuration directions
- Looking for a IRC bouncer / client combo
- Torrent client for a NAS
- IRC client with sound options for each channel separately
A big part of our questions ask for clients, hence all of these could have used this tag, but only 5 of these questions used it. So it seems there is not much use for this generic tag, and it isn’t really useful if only such a very small fraction of so many applicable questions use it in the first place.
And I think it’s too generic (similar to the former plugin tag), client on its own doesn’t mean much.
I can see that it is useful to use tags in the search function to find only questions asking for, e.g., BitTorrent clients instead of BitTorrent servers. But, if there is need for it (which I’m not sure about), I think this should be made possible with a specific tag, not a generic tag. Example: email-client.
Or, maybe, by having specific server tags instead (assuming that client questions are more numerous than server questions), so these can be exluded in the search when looking for clients?