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In theory, all questions on the unix-stackexchange could be tagged linux?

Isn't it then a bit redundant to have a linux tag? OR is it there to discriminate between linux or unix specific questions?

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I think it is good to have the linux tag for posts that are linux-specific. That is, the linux tag should be used when the answer applies to linux but not other unices such as Solaris.

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It does make sense for the reason Steven said -- to mark questions that are Linux-specific. Unfortunately, I think it's likely to get put on lots of questions that aren't actually Linux-specific, just like distro tags will get put on questions that aren't distro-specific. There are even 18 questions right now tagged with both [linux] and [unix], which is fairly ridiculous, but I think we'll just have to handle those cases manually (xeno has been pretty active at removing tags that shouldn't be on questions)

  • +1, lol... it seems one user in particular likes to overtag – Stefan Sep 7 '10 at 6:01
  • I remove them if I think they are not, but I'll be honest that I don't have enough BSD, etc, experience to be sure. – xenoterracide Sep 8 '10 at 5:43
  • mm... maybe this issue will resolve itself by social pressures as unix SE matures? – Stefan Sep 8 '10 at 7:58
  • Does this answer need updating? I am concerned by the 18 questions part. – tshepang Oct 7 '12 at 17:23
  • I'm not updating this every time somebody retags a question; there were 18 questions as of 7 Sep 2010 – Michael Mrozek Oct 7 '12 at 17:24

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