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The linux tag is not allowed

When retagging a question (either with the tag editor or with the question editor), I can't add the linux tag. This happens both with Chrome and Firefox. Couldn't save tags because: sorry, ...
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Tags for variant-agnostic questions

There are currently a number of questions tagged unix. I think this tag is meaningless since every question could have it. (Then again, so could the computer tag on SU!) We could ban the unix tag (I ...
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The tag 'windows-subsystem-for-linux' is too long; the maximum length is 25 characters

What tag name should we use for Windows Subsystem for Linux? The right answer is of course windows-subsystem-for-linux, except that it's too long: tags are limited to 25 characters. WSL is an ...
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Do we need version specific tags for distributions?

I will start by saying, yes, there are cases where it will be relevant for the question asked, right. But are those weird, rare cases reason enough to overcome the drawbacks of having them in first ...
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Kill the unix tag?

I've just gone and removed the unix tag from many questions. It's mostly used on questions migrated from other Stack Exchange sites, on poorly tagged questions, and on questions about the original AT&...
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Killing a few meta-tags (and please write tag wikis)

I just killed best-practises (a misspelling of a meta-tag). I'm not fond of tips-and-tricks, troubleshooting, homework (homework discussion) or unix (unix tag discussion) either. Will anyone speak up ...
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Let's clean up the GRUB tags

The GRUB tags are a mess. We have "grub" and "grub2" which might be fine except that the "grub" tag wiki says that it's "a modern bootloader installed by many distros nowadays". Either that's new and ...
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Shall tags refer to the solution, too?

Quite often it turns out that the answer to a question is not in the area where the asker assumed it to be. For obvious reasons the tags used by the asker refer to the question only. I wonder whether ...
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Splitting the ports tag

ports isn't very big yet, but it's used for very different things. I propose to ban it (because it's too tempting for several different communities) and force the use of more specific tags: BSD ports ...
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Suggested change of tag definition for Anaconda

Seems like the vast majority of questions here with the tag anaconda refer to issues with the Anaconda Python and R Data Science package, yet the formal definition of the anaconda tag here is "...
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Lets combine all the awk tags

UPDATE: all awk variant tags have now been defined to be synonyms for the one tag, awk, so the below discussion is now only retained by request for historical purposes. Not really looking for an ...
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Redundancy between sub-tags: linux, kernel, linux-kernel?

The current consensus is that linux is a useful tag. If that's the case, then what's the policy on kernel (459 uses) vs linux-kernel (98 uses)? If linux is here to stay, then linux-kernel appears to ...
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Distro tags needs pruning, with special mention of the Ubuntu tag

When hanging out in the Ask Ubuntu General Chatroom, hbdgaf commented: Wow... the Ubuntu tag blew up on UL today >.> This piqued my curiosity and I went to witch hunt investigate his statement. ...
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Burninate [server]

In theory, the tag server is about a computer program running to serve the requests of other programs or a physical computer dedicated to running one or more such services. The first meaning (a ...
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Cleanup of the packaging tags

I've just started looking at our tags; I'm wondering if we can clean up some of the package-related ones. We currently have: package-management (with an alias of package-manager) packages packaging ...
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Alpine and Alpine-Linux tag

I frequently observe that people inadvertently choose the tag alpine (an email client) instead of alpine-linux. See the recent question sshpass not functioning in alpine linux. I suggest to remove ...
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Please blacklist the /install tag

We've long held that the install tag is bad and should be split into system-installation and software-installation. There are over 200 instances that need to be disambiguated manually, so we're doing ...
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Rename [cd] to [cd-command]

Apparently this has come to bite our behinds. cd is again used for either the optical disk and the change directory command. I propose renaming [cd] to [cd-command] and re-tag whatever isn't about the ...
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Does the split in Red Hat and SuSE tags make sense?

There is currently redhat and a rhel. It looks to me like people have been using them indiscriminately. Calling the Red Hat experts: are these tags synonyms? If there's a difference, please make it ...
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Don't allow posts with only the linux tag

I'm starting to change my mind about the linux tag. It was originally blacklisted with unix, but we had it reversed because there are legitimate uses. But over and over again I see it misused -- two ...
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router, routing, route

We have route and router and routing. I haven't inspected them closely, but I doubt there are three different meanings here. Is there any difference in meaning between these tags? (Note that I'm ...
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Please rename /ports to /bsd-ports, and what to do about /ports?

This is a follow-up to Splitting the ports tag Today I found that out of 24 questions tagged ports, there were: 12 about FreeBSD ports 10 about TCP or UDP ports one about GPIO ports one about a port ...
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How to use the text-processing tag effectively?

Sometimes, a question about text processing is tagged with the utilities like awk or sed, when they are just soliciting any valid solutions. Should we attempt to clean-up such questions by replacing ...
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Error and crash tags, are they really useful?

I've seen this question but I'm still not convince about the usefulness of those tags. The meta Question itself recognize that the tag could not survive alone in any question which is specifically ...
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Re-tagging Activity - 2013

Given our community has been growing, and we seem to have a fairly active base, several of us thought now might be a good time to do some house cleaning on the site. Given cleaning is a never ending ...
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shell-builtin and built-in: duplicate tags?

I was making a question related to bash built-in's and realise the existence of those two tags: shell-builtin built-in built-in tag has only 3 questions, no wiki and no followers, in my opinion all ...
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Parallel /parallel tags

The tag parallel has at least three meanings. I propose to disambiguate them and get rid of parallel. Running programs or threads in parallel, i.e. exploiting multiple cores on one computer → ...
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On the shell, shell-script, command-line and terminal tags

There are many questions using the tags command-line, shell, terminal. A cursory look suggests that most terminal questions are about terminal emulators and their configuration, while command-line ...
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"Merge [distro-version] tags into [distro] tags", should we?

Following up previous discussion we definitively found those tags useless, so there are two options to make the change definitive: Manual cleanup (bleh! but yay!) Automated (yay! but bleh!) Why ...
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Disambiguate the [format] tag

The tag format is used for several unrelated meanings. It is used for: “format a drive” = make a filesystem → mkfs (should we have a more discoverable synonym for people who are new to unix?) “...
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"You ... you complete me" said the autocomplete tag

Calling all those interested in helping the site and potentially gaining a tag editor or research assistant badge! We have a tag with an old, copy-pasted excerpt & wiki that could use some ...
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The uphill battle for /alpine

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 alpine. Out of 26 ...
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Policy on creation of distribution tags for derivatives

Triggered by the recent (attempted) introduction of two tags for ArchLinux derivatives (EndeavourOS and BlackArch), I wonder whether there is an established policy and/or thresholds for creating tags ...
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Disambiguating the cd tag

cd serves dual use for the cd (change directory) command and CD as in CD-ROM/R/RW/audio. The tag isn't huge, but I'd still prefer to distinguish between them before it grows. I don't know how to name ...
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Polysemy of the /scheduling tag

The scheduling tag has two unrelated meanings: the OS scheduler (task priorities, sched_getscheduler, etc.) scheduling a program to run at a certain time (cron, atc, etc.) These should be split. ...
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Does merging libreoffice and openoffice make sense?

Does it make sense to merge openoffice and libreoffice (I'm talking about the tags on this site, of course)? They're technically different software, but very similar, and unlikely to diverge much.
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What to do about [install] tag?

Some ideas: Rename the install tag, to something like installation? If applicable, get rid of it in favor of package-management or something more specific (apt or yum)? If not, limit it to OS ...
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Are /virtualization and /virtual-machine synonyms?

We have a tag virtual-machine and a tag virtualization. I can't see any difference in usage between them, nor can I think of a reason why there should be, so I think they should be synonyms. Any ...
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How about a [date-manipulation] tag or redefine the [date] tag?

A few questions here are about date/time manipulation like: Get the date of last month's last day in a shell script linux + add X days to date and get new virtual date How to compare two dates in ...
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Macintosh and powerpc tags

To designate Macintosh hardware, we now have a macbook and macbookpro. I don't think macbookpro should be a separate tag. There's a new question which is about a non-macbook Mac. Is macintosh the ...
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Tags [httpd] and [apache]: synonym candidates?

apache seems to have a sligthtly bigger usage preference over httpd, most questions are tagged with both. By the way, I'd prefer apache to be synonym to httpd, not the opposite. EDIT: My point is ...
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Tags for crashes and freezes

There's a freeze tag, which I think I created, meaning cases when something is not responding. I think that's a useful tag because people use lots of different words to express this situation, so it's ...
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Please rename some tags for consistency

Across Stack Exchange, we usually go for plural tags for countable nouns, and for unabbreviated tags. Please rename the following tags for consistency (keeping synonyms as suitable, of course): ...
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Can we please change/remove the /oops tag?

/oops Seems ambiguous to me. It has only been used for one question referring to tainted kernels. /oops could also be construed to mean object-oriented programming languages. In the first case, /...
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Cleanup [monitors], [display] and [screen]

So, screen says that it's about GNU Screen [verification needed], but then there's monitors which is about "Computer monitors (i.e. screens or displays)", and there's also display. Is common that ...
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