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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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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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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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Guide users who try to use the tag [mac]

I see some users who use the mac tag when they really need to talk about osx. As this is a Software Recommendations site, I doubt there will be many (if any at all) questions that will be on-topic ...
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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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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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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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"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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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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Can you merge [browser] with [web-browser]?

These tags look the same to me: browser -> web-browser
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Vague [editor] tag

The editor tag could be used for many purposes - is a question tagged with it requesting a text, video or image editor? I think this tag should be removed.
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Make a [osx] synonym for [macos]?

There are two tags duplicate tags: macos and osx. These tags should be linked. The osx tag has more questions, however macos has also question tagged. We could re-tag the existing question, but on ...
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Eliminate the [productivity] tag

I think the productivity tag may be so generic that it is not a useful sort/definition mechanism. Looking at Wikipedia they define this as: The term productivity software is usually used as a ...
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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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I am sad about [api]

We have 87 questions tagged api: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/api Checking a portion of them reveals that these questions are asking for either: a library to embed in ...
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Is the desktop tag meaningful?

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 ...
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Request for new cycling tag

Gidday all - I'm a regular on http://bicycling.stackexchange.com/ and we occasionally get questions about software for riding, whether it be mapping or routing or statistics-gathering. And while they'...
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Cleanup wiki tags

Just noticed we've got a bunch of *wiki* tags: wiki and mediawiki: makes sense to keep them both, as the first will be used to ask for "any wiki" – while the second fits e.g. requests concerning ...
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Disambiguate the [amazon] tag

The tag amazon is used to refer to several unrelated products from Amazon: their sales platform, their VM hosting, etc. We need to disambiguate it. What tags should we create? Preferably aligning ...
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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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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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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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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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Should we have the [elderly] and [non-tech-savy] tags?

A question recently was posted, creating the elderly and non-tech-savy tags. Are these good tags for this site?
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Should the [software-development] tag be removed?

In the review queue, I often see edits just adding the software-development tag. And in most cases, I don't see why it should be required there. Example: From already existing tags, it's quite clear ...
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Tagging of closed questions

Is it best to remove tags of closed questions? Or is it best to update their tags to keep them current, just like any other question?
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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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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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What to do with the [data] tag?

I’m not sure what the data tag means (currently used on 13 questions). Almost any software works with data in some way, so I think it’s not a useful tag unless it gets a narrow definition (+ a tag ...
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Two meanings of [task-management]

People use task-managment in two very different ways: first very similar to project-management, second for questions related to OS-level task management. I think the first case should be forbidden (...
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Do we need the [standards] tag?

The tag standards came up (currently only 3 questions). I think we don’t need it. It’s not an attribute/feature of a software, not even a use case I guess, but only something merely related to a ...
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Scientificalicious

Right now, we have scientific-computing, scientific, and science tags. The "-computing" is redundant given the nature of this site. How about we pick either "scientific" or "science" and move ...
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"(Web) feed" instead of "RSS"

Currently the tag rss is in use. Problems: Technically "RSS" is not distinct, because there are several different formats that use this name (they are not merely different versions of the same ...
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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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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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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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How to use the [productivity] tag?

productivity has no tag wiki. Is it category of software, i.e., productivity software (if there is such a thing)? Or is it a motivation, e.g., I need this-and-that to improve my productivity? Do we ...
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Is 'Gratis' the best word?

I like the gratis tag. It is concise and has a fun ring to it. On the other hand, I wonder if free-of-cost would be more clear and specific. I've noticed that many posters forget to add the ...
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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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Find questions with missing domain tags

I think it is important that every question has at least one domain tag. These tags make it possible that experts find relevant questions to answer (and searchers find relevant solutions), while ...
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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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"-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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Tags [stats] and [statistics]

We have these tags: stats statistics (No question uses both.) Do we need both of these tags? Is there a difference? (Not sure if it makes sense, because I have no experience in this domain, but ...
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When should you use the [gratis] tag?

The gratis tag has a tagline: The 'gratis' tag is to be used when you are looking for a recommendation for free (as in no-cost) software. When should this tag (not) be used? When asking for free ...
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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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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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ambiguous tag: "duplicate-display"

I've just stumbled upon the duplicate-display, which seems to be quite ambiguous: 2 questions use it related to display mirroring 2 questions have it referring to detect duplicate files 1 question ...
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Rename "emails" tag to "email"?

"emails" is a terrible term; email by itself is already a mass noun. Can we have "emails" renamed to "email"?
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Tag wiki for CSV is about CVS

The tag wiki for csv is about CVS instead CSV. All questions tagged with csv seem to be about CSV. I wasn’t sure if I should simply delete the wiki content (it’s rather detailed), or if there is a ...
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