The burning question I need the Super User community to answer is:
Which tag should Super User keep?
- [videocard] (173) (if kept, should it be renamed "[video-card]"?)
- [graphics-card] (142)
- [gpu] (35) and [integrated-graphics] (13) may deserve merging into whichever tag is decided on. (Thanks to Essjaaay for the reminder.)
- [tv-tuner] (41) (if kept, should it be renamed "[tuner-card]"?)
- [capture-card] (6)
Related to this is the general question of how questions about PC components are tagged on Super User. We have:
- [network-adapter] (68) ("[nic]" is a synonym)
- [sound-card] (56)
- [expansion-cards] (8)
- [raid-card] (1) (maybe a more general "[storage-adapter]" or "[storage-controller]" is more useful? "[storage-card]" sounds weird.)
In general, these tags divorce the type of component from particular implementation details. I think this is a good thing.
So a question about a USB wireless dongle (w/c/sh)ould be tagged "[wireless] [usb] [network-adapter]" instead of "[usb-wireless-nic]" (or something similar). There are already tags for the major buses: [isa], [pci], [pci-express], [expresscard], [pcmcia], [usb], [firewire], [sata], [pata] (there's also [ide] but that's generally used for development environments rather than storage technologies), etc. (Right now the only major tag that diverges from this (to my current awareness) is [usb-flash-drive], which I think ought to be "[usb] [flash-drive]", but memory storage tags may need to be another discussion.)
However, calling these components "cards" (as in the current [foo-card] convention) is really a legacy terminology. It's common but not always appropriate. If these were USB devices, we'd probably call them "adapters" instead of "cards". More specifically, we're usually talking about the controller chipset that makes the device do whatever it's supposed to do, so "controller" is probably the most accurate term.
So, in the interest of consistency:
- Should [network-adapter] be changed to [network-card]?
- Or should all the [foo-card] tags be renamed [foo-adapter] or [foo-controller]?
- Or is there another solution that will be easy to remember and consistent?