We have:

201 questions

File comparison is the process of comparing the contents of files, finding their common contents and their differences, usually using an automated tool


26 questions

Compare files, either line by line, byte by byte or blocks of code.


Please discuss.

  • Hi David, can you specify better the reason behind the choice to remove the tag comparison instead of file-comparison? That tag has 201 questions and 5 followers (30 new question this year) instead of the other one has only 26 question and 1 follower (3 new question this year). It seems people pick out more easily the first one...
    – Hastur
    Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 8:30
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    @Hastur I chose that because [file-comparison] is more descriptive of what the tag is about. I don't know the mechanics behind merging but if your suggestion is a lot less manual work then I don't mind going with that. I just think we don't need two such similar tags.
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 8:35
  • Given their descriptions, I do think they should be merged like you said, with the final being file-comparison, they both describe the same thing and one is too broad, whether or not more users use it. I do think the 'either line by line...' should be appended to the end of the final description. Is comparison too broad to be a topic here? Like comparing Win 7 vs Win 8?
    – Cand3r
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 19:24
  • surprisingly they're still 3 separate tags as of now. We have another question for them Synonym: [comparison] and [file-comparison]
    – phuclv
    Commented Jul 9, 2018 at 9:52

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Let's we make them synonym [1].

  • Why not to delete
    This is a general point of view about the tags change/renaming:
    there is people that distinguishes among similar answers through the tags
    (Similar, not only inside a single stack exchange site).
    Moreover it's possible that I remember how to arrive to a question find in the past specifying that tag and some other words meanwhile I don't remember its title.
    When we delete a tag we go to damage that kind of memory and research.

  • Let's do them synonym[1]
    Said that, I agree that those two tags should be "synonymized".

  • What more
    We can choose one tag, leaving the other with an excerpt that says something similar to:
    "Deprecated tag synonym of the_other_tag, please use the_other_tag instead".

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