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 Mod
    May 30, 2020 at 16:22
  • @JeffSchaller Indeed, maybe there is just not enough demand for a tag specific to the volume aspect. May 30, 2020 at 16:31
  • Sounds like a pretty clear case of a meta tag. I'd be more inclined to delete the tag entirely.
    – terdon Mod
    May 30, 2020 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. May 30, 2020 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 Mod
    May 30, 2020 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, 2020 at 15:54

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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 .

  • 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. May 30, 2020 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, 2020 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... May 31, 2020 at 21:40
  • Should there be an alias to [audio-volume] with the name [sound-volume]?
    – DannyNiu
    Jun 1, 2020 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 Mod
    Jun 1, 2020 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 Mod
    Jun 1, 2020 at 19:45

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