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Guide users who try to use the tag [free]

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 ...
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Is 'Gratis' the best word?

Gratis is a legitimate English word. Let's expand everyone's vocabulary a little bit and keep the tag as-is. I think a one word tag is better than a three word tag anytime. If you want to get ...
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Can/should we force users to state O/S and gratis or not before posting?

Support for required tags exists in the engine (on meta sites, all questions must have one of the tags discussion, support, bug or feature-request. However no main site currently has such a ...
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Is the Ubuntu tag justified?

TL;DR: Keep ubuntu, add linux wherever applicable. Some Datapoints: ubuntu -> 70 questions linux -> 435 questions ubuntu + linux -> 33 questions ubuntu - linux -> 37 questions kubuntu -> 1 question (...
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Version-specific programming language tags (python vs. python3)

No. We had a similar issue over at Android.SE (with CyanogenMod and version specific tags) and decided they are only leading to clutter. If the question is specific to a version, that should be stated ...
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I am sad about [api]

I think this tag is redundant and should be removed. We should encourage askers to use more meaningful tags: a library to embed in their application: Tag as library a web service to call from their ...
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Should there be a tag for "pay once" software?

Though I see your point, I doubt that will be a useful tag. If a user wishes that approach, it should be pointed out with the question itself. Currently, we don't even have any tag specifying "payed"....
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What to do with the "free-software" tag?

Now that we've had some discussion, let me sum up a potential solution I think we should chose: We already have gratis and open-source. So when needed, the two can be used side-by-side. There's no ...
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"-plugin" suffix for specific-software tags?

I think we should omit these suffixes. Not everything is a plugin(/module/extension/…) There are cases where a solution is required to work with a software, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a ...
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Cleanup wiki tags

I am indeed very familiar with all of these projects. While they might sound excessively related, most are as unrelated as two different Adobe products. Everything being open, each site has its own ...
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Request for new cycling tag

cycling sounds like a good tag. As I said over there, be sure to explain: Your final goal All of your requirements Your operating system (ex: Android) Whether it must be able to work offline or not ...
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Can you merge [browser] with [web-browser]?

Thank you for posting this. I noticed this the other day when I was performing a bunch of tag maintenance, and it is on my list of things to address. Prompted by your post, I took a look at the 14 ...
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What's the difference between the tag "android-apps" and the tag "android"?

As far as I can see the tag was created by this closed question. To me android-apps is just a stupid tag - basically to my mind if that was a good tag we should have Windows-Software and OSX-...
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Scientificalicious

Scientific computing is a subset of software used for sciences. For example iOS: Chemical/Molecule Viewer is about science but not about scientific computing. Real Time (<10ms response) Graphing/...
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Get [offline] off our lines

Can it stand as the only tag? Probably not — because we want a platform tag and a domain tag on most questions. We have other tags that can't be used on their own, such as gratis and open-source. A ...
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What to do with the [format] tag?

“Format” is a clear case of ambiguous meaning. We need to retag the questions to either remove format or replace it by a non-ambiguous tag. Songbook text processing: Repeat chord lines for recurrent ...
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Should we merge [surveys] & [questionnaire]?

Browsing through the questions of the former, I agree they match the tag-wiki description of the latter – so I'd say they should be merged. To avoid the "left-over" to be re-created, it should be made ...
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Should we have the [elderly] and [non-tech-savy] tags?

I don't think these particular tags would be useful, because it is hard to define what software is for-dummies. One person could say that 90% of all smartphone apps are for-dummies, while another ...
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Should we have the [elderly] and [non-tech-savy] tags?

I don't think the elderly tag makes much sense. What is it about the software that makes it apply to the elderly? Tags like the following make more sense: hohdeaf for hard of hearing or deaf (a ...
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Tags [stats] and [statistics]

I think the tags are used for two different things: gathering statistics from observed phenomena, and analyzing statistical data. However the split between the two tag names stats and statistics is ...
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Tag wiki for CSV is about CVS

You can go ahead and write a new tag wiki for it. The old tag wiki will be preserved in the revision history in case we need to reference it again if a cvs tag pops up. Since we don't have any ...
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Creating tag synonym: the 5 points rule

Community votes for tag synonyms don't even really work on Stack Overflow, so this issue isn't specific to beta sites. I'd be all for a better system to coordinate tag synonyms among experts, but that ...
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Disambiguate the [amazon] tag

I'd suggest leaving amazon as the Amazon store tag, and amazon-web-services for AWS. This is how Stack Overflow does it:
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Tagging of closed questions

I think editing the tags of a closed question can make sense in various cases, for example: We want to get rid of a tag that is (now) only used on closed questions. Remove it, otherwise this tag will ...
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What to do with the [data] tag?

Looks like a meta-tag to me. From a quick look, none of the questions using it would make less sense without it: database+data: what a surprise: a database uses... what? backup+recovery+data: wow. ...
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Tag to indicate that an app is free for commercial use

I don’t think that we should have a tag for this. The gratis tag and a clarification in the question body cover this. If OP says they need a software that is free for commercial use (and tag it with ...
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Update "gratis" tag wiki with info about when "gratis" is a non-must have

We use the gratis tag for recommendations for software that is free of any financial cost. All of our tags represent requirements ("must-haves"). The tag wiki for gratis correctly states: "Gratis ...
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What is the 'portable' tag for?

We already have a tag for the first meaning: cross-platform All four questions tagged with portable seem to use it in the second meaning. The Wikipedia article Portable application is about the ...
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Guide users who try to use the tag [mac]

As per Undo's comment and looking at nobody denying the proposal, I've gone ahead and suggested a synonym for osx over here. If you agree to @Undo, please upvote the suggestion.
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Why removed "client" tag everywhere?

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 ...
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