Seems like the vast majority of questions here with the tag refer to issues with the Anaconda Python and R Data Science package, yet the formal definition of the anaconda tag here is "Questions about Anaconda, the kickstart system used by Fedora et al." In other words, the system installer.

Folks being folks, our users saw and figured it meant the Data Science package instead of what y'all really meant. As of 2019-01-31, there are 62 posts with that tag, and 38 (61%) are about the Python and R Data Science package.

Wish to suggest two new tags replace :
anaconda-OS-installer or anaconda-kickstarter
Anaconda-Python-R or Anaconda-DataScience. Really don't care what they're named eventually, but completely removing the misused tag and offering two replacements which clarify the issue at hand seems reasonable.

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    Seems a reasonable idea, to me! Have an upvote :-) Jan 31, 2019 at 1:35
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    I would suggest putting the differentiator first, e.g. kickstart-anaconda and r-anaconda (or whatever makes more sense for the Python/R one).
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Jan 31, 2019 at 15:15
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    (the idea being that if the user starts typing "anaconda", both tags show up, but the leading portion quickly distinguishes them); compare with going to unix.stackexchange.com/tags and searching for "script"
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Jan 31, 2019 at 15:24
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    python-anaconda might perhaps be a better tag for the Python one. It might be mainly Python+R focussed just now, but these things tend to have a habit of scope creep?
    – dave559
    Feb 8, 2019 at 16:50
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    Upvated, and I agree 100%. Frustrating, looking for install/kickstart related questions and finding Data Science stuff I know nothing about. :)
    – 0xSheepdog
    Apr 4, 2019 at 15:40
  • I've created the two new tags as per the answer below.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Apr 19, 2019 at 20:15
  • (Improvements to either excerpt or wiki are welcome; I simply got them started with something)
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Apr 19, 2019 at 20:42

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I'll propose a solution to Answer this; please indicate (with voting) if this is a direction you like or not! These differ from the proposal in the Question mainly in swapping the nouns around.

I removed "kickstart" from my initial comment regarding the "installer" one because while it's closely related, it seems independent-enough to me.

The data science Anaconda describes itself as a "distribution for data science; a package manager, an environment manager, a Python/R data science distribution, and a collection of over 1,500+ open source packages" -- which is a little longer than the 35 character limit. I went with "data science" from the sub-header and one of the features.

  • We would also want to blacklist "anaconda" as ambiguous, in order to force a choice between one of the new tags.
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    This sounds like a solid plan to resolve this. I have been on a personal crusade the last several days to edit all of the 'data science' questions that are tagged Anaconda (with the kickstart-installer related tag). I would welcome a clear distinction. I don't want to just arbitrarily strip the Anaconda tag without adding a proper replacement, but the questions are not always specifically Python related.
    – 0xSheepdog
    Apr 7, 2019 at 15:56
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    Happy to hear; I wanted to make sure there was a good amount of consensus before mucking with the tags. I see you're currently editing some posts to remove stray tags; might I suggest waiting until we have replacement tags so that it's easier to keep those posts appropriately tagged?
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Apr 9, 2019 at 14:38
  • I can do that. My 'CDO' (its O.C.D., except alphabetized... chuckle) was acting up. I'll hold off until I see new tags.
    – 0xSheepdog
    Apr 9, 2019 at 14:39
  • Thank you! Given that only a percentage of U&L users visit Meta, and only a percentage of those care about these tags, I don't expect massive amounts of voting, although 29 votes on the Q is impressive. If you can wait a few more days, I'll revisit this to make sure there are no objections, then proceed. (And I've had this link bookmarked for longer than I can remember. Saving it for a birthday gift at some point!)
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Apr 9, 2019 at 14:43
  • #TakeMyMoney =)
    – 0xSheepdog
    Apr 9, 2019 at 14:44
  • Once I see the new tags I will try to make an effort to go back (using my inbox messages) and add the new anaconda-datascience or whatever it ends up being to those other posts. Many of them seem to have activity and answers.
    – 0xSheepdog
    Apr 9, 2019 at 14:51
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    I've created the two new tags; please tackle the re-tagging at your convenience. Once anaconda is empty, it should get removed automatically.
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Apr 19, 2019 at 20:14

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