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The way tags have been traditionally used on other sites (including this meta) is to have a hyphen: apple-ii for questions about the Apple II apple-iigs for questions about the Apple IIgs apple for questions about Apple, the company (not sure if on-topic) This allows searching for tags in a clear manner, with wildcards. For example this search for [apple-...


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I think [brand-model] is preferable to the shorthand version for tags. We should create this synonym c64 → commodore-64 Equally apple2 → apple-ii And so on. As for why: this is how tags are traditionally used, consider we do this by default with status-completed, status-declined, &c.


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Let's use color-computer because it is what it seems exactly what it is and coco just sounds like this is a tag for cuckoo questions. Basically, keep color-computer and remove coco.


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The tags famicom and nes should be synonyms. They are two different versions of the same console; zx-spectrum covers both the ZX (English) and Inves (Spanish) versions of this machine, for example.


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I would say no. They would at best be meta-tags, that is, tags that couldn't stand alone on a question. We have been running the site for the best part of three years without them. I would suggest we leave it that way.


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I'm new to SE so I can't say for certain but it seems unnecessary to me. Any question broad enough to just need the CPU tag would probably be too broad to be a good question anyway. Anything narrow enough to be a good question should just need the tag for the specific CPU (or CPUs) it deals with.


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Should 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, etc. have their own tags? No. While many developments can be tied to a period of five or maybe 10 years relevance/usage, this period is almost completely asynchonous with respect to calendar decades. Hmm. Thinking about a bit longer, there could be a use for a similar system, or even two. Years. For some questions a specific ...


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Let's prefer color-computer, completely rejecting coco for a tag.


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It might be worth having both version-specific and generic tags for the Workbench. I'm modelling it from SO, where we have a python tag as well as python-3.x, python-2.7. Questions about the Workbench series in general should be using the amiga-workbench tag (or just workbench, though I think the former is clearer). Questions that only pertain to a specific ...


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Seems sensible - I've done this. Incidentally, users with 1250 total reputation and 5 in the tag can vote for synonyms. Four votes and the synonym is created without moderator intervention. Details here. (I know for a new tag nobody will have the 5 in the tag yet)


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You're right, the convention we've adopted is to have hyphens. I've created the ti-99 synonym. I have not created a texas-instruments or ti. We can do that as and when necessary. The recommendation here is that use of a tag containing only a manufacturer name should only be applied if discussing more than one product of that manufacturer. Tagging with,...


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Good catch. To compare with other practice, 8080 is a main tag and intel-8080 is a synonym that points to it. So, I would suggest we should use 68000, and point motorola-68000 to it. We could then either also synonimize mc68000 and m68k or retag the questions and let these two tags die out. I would prefer the latter option.


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The system doesn't allow one to create tags except if they have at least one question; any tags that are created will be treated as orphaned and automatically deleted after 24 hours. I see that you have posted this question; I've added the ibm-pcjr and tandy-1000 tags to it, thus creating the tags. I'm not sure that ibm-pc-tandy is right, as IBM didn't ...


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In the case of the PDP question, I think instruction-set is an excellent tag since that's what the question is specifically dealing with. For the Z80 vs 8080 question though, I think the argument could be made for an instruction-set-architecture tag since the question is comparing two separate (albeit similar) instruction sets and "instruction set ...


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Burnination is probably unnecessary at the moment. But I could see an argument for making computer an intrinsic tag. If it comes up again, please let me know so that I can make the change. color is potentially ambiguous, so color-display seems like a better choice. My guess is that most people mean something-other-than-monochrome monitor/graphics card when ...


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Raffzahn has already covered what I intended to post as an answer... pretty much exactly, actually! However, there is one point which I would like to add to: Having a generic Tandy tag might be a good idea as well, so questions can be tagged tandy + trs-80 model 1 family allowing a more generic selection and a specific. We already have a meta question ...


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The reputation levels are like this: 150 Create a tag. This is the bare creation of the tag, no tag wiki or guidance. Nobody else has to approve the creation. You create a tag simply by typing it into the tag field of a question. 1250 Create a synonym. This proposes that two tags be made synonymous. One being the master tag and the other pointing to it. ...


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I would think that apple would only be required when the tag is referring to the name of the product that contains apple (like you mentioned, apple-ii) or you need to disambiguate it from something else named the same. Macintosh won't really be used in any other way here. Pet however could. My pet sat on a CRT and it exploded so I could see using commodore-...


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It seems that these have proven useful, largely for tagging questions about uncommon hardware by these manufacturers that don't have their own tags. In future we may want to use hardware-specific tags instead of manufacturer tags, but these questions already being tagged with manufacturer tags will make it easier to re-tag when more questions about these ...


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You've got a good point about numbers, but I think in this realm people will actually be more familiar with 386 than they would with 80386, and in that scenario I'd be hesitant to use intel-386 unless it specifically referred to an Intel chip since in those days competing manufacturers could also make a chip called a 386. While personally I associate 6502 ...


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For this usage I would go for instruction-set for preference. opcode implies a question about the behaviour or use of a specific instruction rather than the set as a whole. instruction-set-architecture is a bit wordy and, to me, evokes memories of the Motorola v Intel architecture wars of the 1980s - 90s. Should an instruction set be orthogonal or not. ...


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I was falling on the "I don't see how they help side," and I'm now convinced by the other arguments here against such tags. However, we do currently have tags 1990s and 1950s, and someone's recently been running around adding these and proposed new decade tags to posts. Can someone delete those current two decade tags so that new users don't get confused ...


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Cleaning up the tags is a good thing but not necessarily the same as deleting the manufacturer! I would be inclined to keep the manufacturer. There is no great benefit in short/cryptic tags, all-numeric tags don't work for other things (e.g. amiga-500 or amiga-1200) and there is some potential for confusion - e.g. there are several ICs with different ...


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Given that the company was always known as Data General and, as far as I know, never used any execrable affectations like camel case or mis-capitalisation, then yes, it should be hyphenated. That would keep it consistent with our other tags.


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You're right, 1/3/4 is one family, while 2/12/16 is another. Also, it's, at least as of now, useless to have tags for every model. So maybe two tags (plus CoCo) will do it. There is one caveat about the writing, as the Model 1 was writen using an arabic numeral, not a roman. Only later on (*1) Model II and II used roman designators, while Model 4 and ...


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When there aren't sufficient users to review the queues, as a Stack Exchange Community Manger, I usually pick up the slack. But as we near the appointment of the pro tem Moderators for this site, I tend to get behind as I have to sort through what is an immediate need versus what is better left to the new mods. Apologies.


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The two you mention are meta tags and unnecessary. We should nip them in the bud before they become a nuisance. Retag the questions and let the Roomba do its thing.


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I believe that registering such tags as synonyms is a good thing that benefits everyone. Different people have different ideas of how the tag might be called and thus will initially just use what comes to their mind. With registered synonyms, those tags will automatically get promoted to the canonical rendition, thus in effect reducing unwanted redundancy. ...


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Because of the convention for lower-case tags, i or ii or iigs doesn't look great and isn't intuitive. The most concise and readable tags are: apple1, apple2, apple3 and apple2gs. Besides, there is a precedent for apple2gs. UPDATE: Here are sample tags. commodore-64 amiga-500 zx-spectrum pdp-6 (used now) apple1 apple2 apple3 apple2gs (my original ...


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