Given Jeff's answer, does it make sense to continue using the gui and command-line tags?


Jeff was merging two questions which shared a common theme. However, I think Jeff was merely trying to merge two duplicate questions, because the content was nearly identical. It appears that you purposely asked the second question and duplicated the content to demonstrate a point, which is fine. He was not attempting to merge tags, which is a far different topic.

Another way to view this question is "Should we merge the GUI and Command-line tags?" My answer there is a firm No.

The user interface is an important way to access the operating system. There are major differences between any GUI and a command-line interface, and interfacing with X/Gnome/KDE is completely different the using a shell. I would also argue that there is often very little in common between a GUI and a CLI solution.

We need a way to distinguish between these two different methods.

It's very common for an organization to manage hundreds of Un*x machines, and not a single GUI among them. Given this environment, it would be wrong to provide a bunch of GUI solutions when they clearly need a CLI solution.

  • Just to be clear, are you implying that the comment I left on Gilles' answer is valid, that one can go ahead and re-ask...?
    – tshepang
    Jan 7 '11 at 20:27

If we really are going to merge GUI and command-line answers to "how do I do X with a [gui|command-line]" then it probably makes sense to abandon the command-line tag since we already have various tags such as shell and terminal for other types of command-line questions. The gui tag could still be really relevant to questions that are about various graphical user interfaces.

  • Seems to be a different, only at the surface related question. Jul 4 '11 at 10:22

Yes. Sometimes a program being GUI or command line is an important part of the requirements. If you take Jeff's reasoning to an extreme, we could merge every question into “How do I do something?”

(For what it's worth, I don't think this particular merge should have been done.)

  • By this you actually mean that I can go through all questions that actually required the answer to be CLI, and re-ask them, only this time to require GUI. Can you add some justification.
    – tshepang
    Jan 7 '11 at 17:08
  • @Tshepang: No, I mean that for some questions requesting a CLI answer, it's fine to ask a separate question with similar requirements except that you want a GUI. Jan 7 '11 at 20:49
  • What are you excluding by some? That is, where is it not okay to re-ask?
    – tshepang
    Jan 7 '11 at 20:52
  • @Tshepang: When answers to one of the questions would be mostly useless to people asking the other question and vice versa. The avi file merging is borderline: the answers are mostly disjoint (which suggests the questions should be separate), but a lot of people wouldn't mind either way (which suggests the questions should be merged). Jan 7 '11 at 21:02

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