This question is a follow-up to Burninate [server], which proposes to burninate because it's not used for questions about the piece of hardware.

Now, the description of is

A file server is a computer attached to a network that has the primary purpose of providing a location for shared disk access[...]

It seems to have the same problem. Furthermore, if you look at the questions tagged with it, it looks pretty redundant with either , , , or whichever the real daemon used for sharing files is. Ah, and there is also a tag.

Do we need both and ? is useless if one of , , etc. is also used and and seem pretty redundant. There are only two questions tagged .

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I've edited the tag wiki for to clarify that it's about file server programs.

The tag conveys that the question is about the server end. A lot of questions are misusing it by any reasonable definition, though, so I'm uncertain whether it's worth keeping.

is ambiguous: it's use both for LAN situations (where it's similar to ) and for WAN situations (e.g. file sharing over peer-to-peer networks). I'm not sure what to do about that.

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