On this site, Alpine can refer to Alpine Linux, a Linux distribution, or to Alpine, an email client (an open source rewrite of Pine). Until a few minutes ago, both used the tag . Out of 26 questions with the tag:

  • 16 referred to the email client, and I left them tagged ;
  • 10 referred to the distribution, and I retagged 8 to and removed the tag from the 2 others because the distribution was only incidental to the question.

While the email client has the majority, this seems to be changing quickly: out of 11 questions with the tag posted in 2016, 9 referred to the distribution. Should we rename the tag for the email client?

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should work, providing is removed so people can't inadvertently use it.

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    I like this; perhaps alpine could be a synonym to alpine-mail? Having alpine-linux makes it similar to our other Linux distribution tags. I can only hope that askers would read the tag excerpts.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Sep 27, 2016 at 18:08
  • Sorry this was overlooked for so long. It's fixed now using your suggested tag name; the alpine tag is deleted Jan 16, 2018 at 21:27

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