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Tags for free software and free software?

The tags free, freeware, open-source, floss have popped up. free is dangerously close to being a meta tag. In the world of software, free can mean two very different things: “free as in free beer” (i....
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"Feature tags" only for required or also for optional features?

Should "feature tags" (is there a better name?) like OS (linux, osx, windows, …), license (open-source), and costs (free) only be used if they are required features? Or may they also be used for ...
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Private beta cleanup: tag synonyms and tag merges [closed]

This post is for all tag synonyms and tag merges so that we don't end up filling the front page of meta with synonym and merge requests. How to use this post Post each requested tag synonym and tag ...
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Can we agree on a tagging guide?

I think we have three sets of tags on SR: (Please note that I don’t have good headlines for describing these groups as I’m not a native speaker; I hope the example tags make it clear, and please ...
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How specific should the OS tag be?

What if I ask for a software running on Windows. For instance I use Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium. That means I could run almost any software since Windows 95. How should I tag my question? Just [...
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Should we have tags for separate Linux distributions?

I'm going through the Suggested Edit queue, and I'm seeing a lot of removals of the ubuntu tag. This question is one example. Since the asker is specifically asking for something for Ubuntu, I feel ...
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Windows vs. Window-7 tags (OS)

It's no big deal, but the windows tag of this question was just changed to be windows-7. I performed a rollback. Although the question requires Windows 7 compatible software, there isn't anything ...
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Burn the "plugin" tag

Currently 19 questions have the plugin tag. I think we should get rid of this tag. Whenever a plugin (or extension, or add-on, …) for a specific software is needed, the question should be tagged with ...
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Dealing with obvious tags

In the past few days, the review queue had a load of edits where "obvious" tags where being added. I have my doubts of whether those are really useful – though I see the point of the resp. editors. ...
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How to handle OS tags

We have OS tags that are version agnostic, such as windows and osx. We also have tags that are version specific, such as windows-7 and windows-10. Our policy has been to use the version agnostic ...
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Tags for software that runs on a (web?) server

I think it’s important to differentiate between two cases: looking for software to install on a server (= self-hosted) looking for software installed on a server (= hosted) Ideally, this difference ...
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Mention operating system in title

Should mentioning the Operating System in titles be removed? We have tags to indicate those information. And on Stack Overflow it is recommended to remove the language tag from the title.
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Lets tighten the reins of the tags

First of all, I hate dealing with troubles and problems, especially if they could be averted before hand. And tags will always become a problem of all SE sites. If you have come from any site you know ...
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Is the Ubuntu tag justified?

Revisiting Should we have tags for separate Linux distributions? one year later. We currently have 69 questions tagged ubuntu, 37 of which don't have the tag linux. And yet I struggle to find one ...
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"-plugin" suffix for specific-software tags?

(Gilles brought this up in his answer to the question Burn the “plugin” tag) If a question asks for a solution that is required to work with a specific software, it should be tagged with a tag for ...
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Definition of [cross-platform] tag

Should cross-platform be used only for software, most likely desktop-clients, which looks and behaves identically or similar on different desktop platforms, for example VLC, or for services accessible ...
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Guide users who try to use the tag [free]

I suggest we make a new tag free and then make it a synonym of gratis. This will mean when new users type 'free', they are suggested with 'gratis'. What do you think?
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What to do with the server tag?

Ok, the one that agree with the server tag to stay can step up and answer this questions: Can you objectively determine whether the tag does or does not apply to a given question? Can you say that a ...
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Apple mobile device tags

We have at least three tags for Apple mobile devices: ios, iphone-app and ipad-app. I guess iphone-app and ipad-app should be iphone and ipad instead — what question about those devices wouldn't be ...
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Mysterious [cloud] tag

What does cloud mean? Isn't it a meta-tag? At least clarification is needed. Seems is was previously a cloudstorage, what makes more sense for me.
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What to do with the "free-software" tag?

In the review queue, I just saw the free-software tag being created, and a tag wiki excerpt being proposed. I find that tag confusing: we already have gratis for "free of charge", and open-source. So ...
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Change [iphone-app] to [iphone], like [android]

The android tag and iphone-app tags should be brought into alignment. I recommend changing iphone-app to just iphone. Do others agree?
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Do we really need a [mac] tag?

I recently received a suggested edit on one of my posts (which I had tagged osx) adding in a new mac tag, which has only been used once before. Do we really need this tag? Isn't the osx tag enough?
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Please disallow the alternative tag

I feel like I've been editing out the alternative tag all evening and it keeps coming back from the grave. This is a meta tag at its worst: it's meaningless, it doesn't provide any indication of what ...
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The tag [office] needs disambiguation

office is used to mean: Microsoft Office — use microsoft-office. OpenOffice/LibreOffice — use openoffice/libreoffice instead. I'm looking for an office suite — use office-suite? Other meanings? Let'...
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Version-specific programming language tags (python vs. python3)

Until recently, the tag python was the only tag for the Python programming language. Now there’s also a python3 tag: OP tagged this question with python3 (new tag, only used in this question). I ...
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Tag issues I have found

I have come across a few problems related to tags that I have outlined below: I have not yet earned the privilege of creating tag synonyms, but have come across a few tags that may benefit from ...
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What is the difference between [sound] and [audio]?

While writing my most recent question, I noticed that the site has separate tags for audio and sound. Is there a difference between these tags, and why aren't they synonyms like they are on other ...
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library tag vs. software-library tag: Which should we use?

Up until 3 or 4 minutes ago there was 1 question using the [software-library] tag and 1 using the [library] tag. Then I did a question and that changed it to 2 to 1. So which tag should be used?
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Unify tag names

Many of our tag names are pretty inconsistent. So we e.g. have: text-editors, html-editor, audio-editing, video-editing, image-processing, image-editing, image-editor and several others in this line....
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Should tags for specific software products be permitted?

I've just encountered the tag lightroom. The question using it makes pretty clear what it stands for: Alternative to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom? My point here is: Should we support tags for a specific ...
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Function of tags

Generally, tags have been used for requirements only. As such, when a user makes a software recommendation request and specifies that it can be run on either one OS or another, the idea has been to ...
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Should we merge [surveys] & [questionnaire]?

We have the following tags: surveys: 14 questions questionnaire: 5 questions The first, doesn't have a tag wiki tag yet, but the second has the following. A questionnaire is a method of ...
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Should we add language tags?

As a non native English speaker I sometimes will have the requirement for software to be in my native language (German). Now there are many languages and for most of us (techs) its okay if the ...
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Tag pluralization

I have noticed that we are inconsistent on tag plural forms. The question here is do we want to have plurals or do we want to have singular (or don't we care). As soon as this is decided I will ...
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Should we remove all Windows specific tags?

Should we continue to have windows specific tags including these: windows-xp windows-7 windows-8 windows-10 While also having the general windows tag? Does this add an unnecessary amount of ...
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Tag for OS-agnostic questions?

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'...
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The sound of tagging - sorting out the plethora of audio related tags

We have multiple audio related tags: music music-production audio composing Out of these tags, some of them are quite clear: music-production clearly covers virtual instruments, digital audio ...
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Tags for toolkits?

Should we have tags for different tool kits (especially gtk and qt)? Often, different users (mostly on Linux) will want software that fits in with their desktop. Also windows users may want native ...
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Pluralization of tags describing an app type

A fraction of our tags describe what the kind of software that the user want, for instance "I need a XYZ that does this" or "Are there XYZs that do this?". My question here is only about them. Other ...
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Can/should we force users to state O/S and gratis or not before posting?

It seems that @Izzy (and me too, to a lesser extent) spends a lot of time commenting on new questions, asking what o/s the requested s/w should support and whether it should be gratis or if the user ...
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Creating tag synonym: the 5 points rule

I wish I didn't have to have 5 points in a tag to be able to suggest a tag synonym. E.g. for the tag "health" I wanted to suggest a synonym "fitness" but I couldn't since I don't have 5 points in the ...
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What to do with the graphics tag?

The graphics tag is too broad. Usually everything related to graphics should be tagged with it, but then there are things that really would stretch this, like this question where the only relationship ...
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