We currently have five questions about the TRS-80 Model 100, four of which are tagged trs-80. That tag lumps them in with a large number of questions for unrelated (except for the nameplate) and very different desktop machines such as the Model I/III/4 and Model II/12/etc.
The Model 100 is actually a rebadged Kyocera Kyotronic 85 that was also sold under several other different badges by other companies, including the Olivetti M10 and the NEC PC-8201 and PC-8300. (There are some differences between these machines, but they are not as different from each other as, say, an Apple II and Apple IIe, which both fall under the apple-ii tag here, are.)
I am aware that the "model number" of the Kyocera computer was "KC 85," but this seems to have been rarely used. "Kyotronic 85" seems to have been what was consistently used on the computer faceplate and manuals, even in Japan.
So I'm thinking we should have a single tag to cover all of these. I propose we call it kyotronic-85 with the following aliases:
- trs-80-model-100 This matches what seems to be the most popular Tandy/TRS-80 tagging scheme. I don't see a need for further aliases for the -102, -200, etc., since anybody with one of those more rare machines is likely to quickly discover, if they don't already know, that they are part of the Model 100 series.
- nec-pc-8300, to ensure it shows up in tag searches finding nec-pc, which covers all NEC PC-nnnn series except for this particular one. PC-8201 left out for the same reasons as Model 102 above.
Except for the "-family" issue discussed below, I'm not too fussy about the naming, or which name is the tag name vs. which are aliases. I propose "Kyotronic 85" as the tag because that's the original machine name and, while not well known, my understanding is that none of the other names are well known outside their regions, either. (Certainly as a North American "Olivetti M10" wouldn't have rung any bells for me back when I was a Model 100 owner.) But if everybody agrees that, e.g., trs-80-model-100 is better as the tag name, I'm fine with that.
Note that I do not use "family" in the tag name (
kyotronic-85-family) as has been suggested in an answer here. Convention in RCSE so far has been to leave that out:
- apple-ii: "For questions about the Apple II series of personal computers," covering the II+, IIe, compatibles such as the Laser and Franklin, etc.
- microsoft-basic: Covers the wide variety of MS basics out there for different CPUs and significantly varying versions for different manufacturers (Altair, Commodore, Applesoft, etc.)
- amiga: "For questions related to the Commodore Amiga family of personal computers."
- (The TRS-80 scheme may appear to be an exception, but the issue there is that they need to clearly distinguish Model I/III/4 and Model II/12/60; a lot of people, even those familiar with the Model III, are not aware that Models I and III are the same thing for our purposes, but Models I and II are completely different.)
If there are no major objections, I am happy to set this up.
(This question was prompted by waning to put into the nec-pc tag description the tag one should use for the PC-8300, upon which I realized that there is no such tag.)