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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

And:

26 questions

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

Suggestion

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 Jan 27 '16 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 Jan 27 '16 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 Feb 3 '16 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 Jul 9 '18 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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