is probably my favourite tag on this site, but its name has been bugging me for a while. I feel it is not particularly self-explanatory, and this contributes to it being underused by askers to whom it's not readily apparent what it's for. I often see an opportunity to apply it to questions after they have been already submitted.

Can it be renamed to something like ?

  • That would make all TI99/4A questions tagged wrongly ;)
    – tofro
    Jul 4 at 7:51
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    Someone didn't get the joke.
    – tofro
    Jul 4 at 9:56
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    I don't much mind either way, but just for info - does renaming a tag fix up existing uses? (Are tags assigned by value or by reference? What design choice was made?) Jul 4 at 22:17
  • @another-dave IIRC renaming a tag updates all posts to use the new name, retroactively even (post history uses the new name). So tags are ‘by reference’. Jul 5 at 15:08
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    OK, so the rename seems worth doing. I agree that your proposal more accurately captures the tag's usage. Jul 5 at 15:56

No. Against.

'Design-Choices' names the result, while 'Design-Rational' implies that there has been a 'rationl' decission been made - which not always is the case.

'Design-Choices' is a more open and including tag, thus way more applicable.

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    The proposal is "rationale" not "rational". The dictionary definition of "rationale" is "A set of reasons or a logical basis for a course of action or belief" (lexico.com/definition/rationale), A "rationale" does not have to be "rational" or "logical". But FWIW I don't see the point of the change, since "choice" is a much more common English word than "rationale."
    – alephzero
    Jul 8 at 9:36
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    @alephzero you're confusing me by citing 'logical basis for ...' as definition for rationale just to continue, that it 'does not have to be [...] "logical"'. How does that work out? Independent of that, if that term is so disputable,that an 'e' or not at the end is most important, it's for sure not a good term to be used - at least from an UI POV. Last but not least, my point is that design decisions do not always follow (simple, item relates) logic, but may be quite random. The world is neither rational nor are we.
    – Raffzahn
    Jul 8 at 10:43
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    @Raffzahn - arguments about the sanity of the English language are probably out of scope for RC. Nevertheless, "rational" and "rationale" are (to native speakers, no offence intended) clearly different words Aug 4 at 1:25
  • @another-dave I'm not offended - at least not easy. Especially since you're making a great argument against - it may not be as great for non native speakers, which constitute a good number of RC.SE users, don't they? After all, the most important point about naming is easy recognition. Correct but not as easy to distinguish words constitute a bad UI.
    – Raffzahn
    Aug 8 at 0:55

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