I just rejected a tag edit for "volume". Obviously this term is ambigeous so the tag should get a description now but a look at the questions with this tag showed me that most questions use it in the sense of filesystem volume, not in the sense of sound volume.

Thus I suggest to use it for filesystems.

Of course, there should be an additional tag for sound volume. But as I am not a native speaker I do not create that myself now but ask more qualified people to make suggestions.

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    Off the cuff, I wonder if the audio tag covers volume. – Jeff Schaller May 30 at 16:22
  • @JeffSchaller Indeed, maybe there is just not enough demand for a tag specific to the volume aspect. – Hauke Laging May 30 at 16:31
  • Sounds like a pretty clear case of a meta tag. I'd be more inclined to delete the tag entirely. – terdon May 30 at 16:33
  • @terdon I have read the linked article and my assessment is that those arguments affect neither meaning of volume. But volume may be completely covered by the tag filesystems. – Hauke Laging May 30 at 16:38
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    @HaukeLaging the point is that volume alone is too ambiguous, so isn't a good tag. As you correctly point out, it can be used for audio volume or filesystem volume, that's why I don't think it's a useful tag at all. If we want a tag for filesystem volumes, then I think filesystem-volume would be a better choice. – terdon May 30 at 16:39
  • I really don't see any point in having a tag for either of those. They are perfectly covered by their filesystem (xfs, btrfs, ext, etc.) and audio manager tags (pulseaudio, alsa, jack(?)). – Braiam May 31 at 15:54

I would argue that is a textbook example of a meta tag:

  1. If the tag commonly means different things to different people, it’s probably a meta-tag. In a cruel, ironic twist, the meaning of the tag [subjective] itself … is actually subjective. Ditto for [best-practices] and [beginner]. Best practices to whom? Beginner by what criteria? These tags are impossible to define by anything remotely resembling an objective metric. In comparison, the the meaning of tags like [java], [c#], and [javascript] are crystal clear to all but the nuttiest of nutbags.

It can mean different things to different people and I can't imagine how it could help experts find questions. Surely nobody is an expert on who isn't an expert on . And the multiple meanings of volume make it impossible to know if the tag would refer to a filesystem volume or audio volume or something else.

I would therefore suggest burminating and replacing it with and, if needed although I think the latter is better served with .

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  • I agree with the renaming of volume to filesystem-volume as it appears if you type volume. Should not be a problem and just improve the sutiation. As audio is an "ignore tag" for me I do not have an opinion whether audio-volume would be justified beside audio. In general I would argue that it is precise and does not hurt, thus in case of doubt I would rather have it than not. – Hauke Laging May 30 at 16:44
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    1) I'm not sure whether it's safe to assume that "fileystem" applies to any storage-volume - e.g. an LVM volume used as swap space. (Right offhand I'm not sure storage-volume would be safe either). 2) Wouldn't audio-volume as a synonym for audio be useful to nudge question askers towards an existing tag and reduce the odds of volume being re-created? – fra-san May 30 at 17:07
  • I have created audio-volume and changed the tag in the audio questions. I prefer fra-san's storage-volume over filesystem-volume. I guess only a moderator can rename a tag. I was just a bit surprised that there is a tag storage which includes RAM... – Hauke Laging May 31 at 21:40
  • Should there be an alias to [audio-volume] with the name [sound-volume]? – DannyNiu Jun 1 at 8:49
  • @fra-san 1) yes, good point. I guess storage-volume is a better choice. 2) again, good point, a synonym does make sense. – terdon Jun 1 at 8:54
  • I agree with most of this answer (blacklisting volume based on ambiguity). I don't know off-hand if we have a tag "vacuum" for filesystems or audio; we already have quite a few tags... – Jeff Schaller Jun 1 at 19:45

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