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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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Why shouldn't [sunos] be a synonym of [solaris]?

At least one person objects to making sunos a synonym of solaris. Why? Solaris in everyday speech means SunOS versions 5.0 and above. (Officially, it means 4.0 and above as the last BSD major release,...
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Rename [screen] to [gnu-screen]

Many people think that [screen] refers to screen as in monitor screen and use this tag inappropriately. Examples: Screen brightness adjustment not working in Ubuntu 14.04 Unable to start X Server ...
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What is the Linux tag for?

When should the linux tag be used? Should it be added to any question when the OP is using Linux? Should it only be used when the question is about the Linux kernel or GNU/Linux operating systems? I'...
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The [X] tag should be aliased to [X11]. (Agree / disagree?)

Questions tagged x This tag can be used for questions regarding the X Window System. For X Version 11 you can use the tag x11. I guess people know they are running X, but they are less confident ...
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Stop /volume from increasing

The tag volume is ambiguous. It's used at least for: Sound volume, e.g. 1 2 Storage volumes, e.g. 1 2 How should we disambiguate it?
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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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Unalias libreoffice from the openoffice tag

I suggest unaliasing the libreoffice tag from openoffice. The two codebases are diverging more and more and LibreOffice is getting more attention in most cases. Also see https://unix.meta....
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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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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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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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Should the tags /scripting and /shell-script be merged?

There are these two - scripting and shell-script. Moreover, scripting is synonymous with script and non-interactive shell-script is synonymous with bash-script and shell-scripting I'm wondering what'...
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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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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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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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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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We just need one [terminator] to change the past but we got two

So, we got two terminals emulator named "terminator": jessies.org Terminator, and Chris Jones's Terminator (also known as GNOME Terminator) The issue lies that I know of questions using terminator ...
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Should we add a [trackpad] tag?

I think we should add a tag for trackpad - as a tag synonym of touchpad. "Trackpad" is in common usage, partly due to Apple. But we only have a tag for touchpad. I noticed there were over 20 ...
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Removal of the [failure] tag

Speak now if you want to defend the failure tag. I believe it to be a meta-tag that: does not "describe the content of the question" can't work as the only tag on a question commonly means different ...
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Remove /duplicate tag

Questions with the tag duplicate cover duplicate files, duplicate packages, duplicate lines and many more. Even if restricted to a specific usage, I can't think of any advantage of this tag, so I ...
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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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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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remove "learning" tag

We have the "learning" tag which only has 5 questions at the time of writing. However, as I checked none of these questions are suitable to https://unix.stackexchange.com when knowing that ...
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Remove [localhost]

I just recently answered a question that was tagged with localhost. It's the only question that uses this tag but the tag doesn’t add anything to the question. The tag seems to have been created ...
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Suggestion for new tag: toml (or structured-document-format)

I wonder if there is room for a new tag that could be applied to question relating to TOML (Tom's Obvious Minimal Language), a structured document format similar to YAML and JSON, mainly used for ...
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Why do we have both LVM and an LVM2 tags?

These tags don't seem that different. lvm has a tag wiki, whereas lvm2 does not, leading me to use lvm for my recent LVM2 question. Is there any difference between these, or should one go away? ...
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Disambiguate the /background tag

background is mostly about background processes, but there are also questions about background colors and background images. I think we should: Retag questions about background colors to just colors ...
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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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Do we need /efi or just /uefi?

Is there any point in having separate tags efi and uefi? EFI and UEFI are different versions of the same standard. Most if not all questions are about 2.x (“UEFI”) versions, not about the 1.x “EFI” ...
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What is the [cpu] tag intended use?

I was checking a question today and saw it with the cpu and wondering exactly how it should be used I read the excerpt which basically told me what a CPU is, not what the tag is useful for. Now, ...
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What's the return status of the exit code?

Which do we want to keep and which should be synonymed to the other? return-status, with 118 questions, says: Use this tag If your question revolves around determining or utilizing the return status (...
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Re-tagging text-processing questions

This question is a follow-up to How to use the text-processing tag effectively? Recently, a question on text processing was tagged as linuxshell-scriptawksedgrep. The question itself didn't mention ...
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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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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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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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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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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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New tag proposal: "FTPS" tag for "FTP over SSL" related issues

System suggested to discuss it on meta, as "ftp" tag exist. Should we use "ftp" and "ssl" tags in case of questions relating to "FTPS" or shall be new tag created?
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How should we use [fingerprint]s?

There's a suggested edit to the fingerprint wiki defining it as the biometric fingerprint. But the actual use is rather mixed: there are several questions talking about key fingerprints (~1/3rd of the ...
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/boot vs /startup

The distinction between the tags boot and startup isn't very clear. The tag wiki excerpt for boot reads This tag covers both bootloader issues (what happens before the operating system starts) and ...
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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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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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Should we be using the /users tag? And how do we account for /accounts?

The tag users feels a bit vague to me. It covers several related topics, including: user account metadata (password, shell, …), e.g. 1 2 3 user account databases, e.g. 1 2 privileges of a user (the ...
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Why are edits for new tag entries getting rejected for changing too much of the original content?

Recently I have been trying to edit/add tag wiki information. Most of my suggested edits are getting approved, but I do notice with the ones rejected (and some reject votes on the accepted ones), they ...
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What can the Kali-Linux tag excerpt say to help those askers?

Following on from Why are Kali questions hated so much? and Why I closed the "Why is Kali so hard" question, and in the spirit of making things better, let's do something about the tag ...
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Delete the /career tag

The career tag has only 9 questions and most of them are closed (7 out of 9) because they are off-topic. Career questions belong to the Workplace Stack Exchange. Should we delete this tag to not ...
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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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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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This criquet needs help!

After we decided we don't need version specific tags, nothing had changed: debian got an average of 1 question/day in the last 30 days In the last 24 hours, it got 6 questions. jessie has an worse ...
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Tag-merge syscalls -> system-calls

There are two tags that seem to be split with the same meaning, syscalls system-calls Perhaps the top could become a tag-synonym of the bottom?
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