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Should there be a tag for Microsoft Remote Procedure Call or does the DCE tag suffice for people? I was running a search and can find nothing on Stack Overflow or Super User Stack Exchange sites. What are people's opinions on the issue?

  • I don't think its necessary to have a tag for ever protocol that exists. – Ramhound Mar 27 '16 at 20:36
  • You think there would be too many? I was considering the possibility of running a client-server configuration (of sorts) using the protocol. I take it you are suggesting you think there is not sufficient demand to discuss the protocol, or that the DCE tag covers it??? – Peter David Carter Mar 27 '16 at 20:38
  • I replied without checking to see, if the tag didn't exist, Superuser already has a tag for this protocol. I stand by my comment though, not ever protocol needs its own tag, its not always appropriate. Superuser does not have a tag for DCE. Can't speak to anything with regards to that. – Ramhound Mar 27 '16 at 20:42
  • Really? Strange it didn't come up when I searched. What's the exact search string? I was using [MSRPC]. – Peter David Carter Mar 27 '16 at 20:43
  • Hhhhhmmmmmmm, upon further inspection the DCE tag does seem to be in Stack Overflow rather Super User which seems counter-intuitive to me. Do you know what the rationale is for including it in SO but not SU? – Peter David Carter Mar 27 '16 at 20:46
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    I don't involve myself in SO community, because of the abusive community filled with vindictive people, because of a comment I make at Superuser. In other words, vindictive people with reputation at SO, downvoted my questions there because they couldn't do it here. If you want to know about a tag for SO ask at their meta website, we have no say, in what tags they have. – Ramhound Mar 27 '16 at 20:53
  • anyone with >2k rep can create tags, there isn't a rationale or decision process behind creating tags. Probably felt it wasn't necessary – Sathyajith Bhat Mar 28 '16 at 4:31
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Here are the tag wiki excerpts from Stack Overflow:

dce:

The Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) is a framework and toolkit for developing client/server applications, developed in the early 1990s.

rpc:

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) is an approach to interprocessor or distributed communication wherein a set of services or procedures are exposed to remote clients.  RPC is both a general concept for interprocessor communication and shorthand for Sun's original implementation …

It seems to me that the "dce" tag is relevant only to developers, and, as such, belongs only on Stack Overflow.  The "rpc" tag is a bit of an edge case — the RPC protocol per se is pretty much off-topic at Super User, but there seem to be just barely enough questions about manifestations of RPC at the user level to justify having such a tag here.  I don't see any reason to delve into individual vendors' versions of a programming tool — notice that Super User doesn't have a "sunrpc" tag, either (while Stack Overflow does).

If you're talking about the possibility of developing a client-server configuration using MSRPC, your question(s) probably belong on Stack Overflow, and you should try to get the tag created there.  If you're talking about using a product that uses the protocol, it seems unlikely that your questions (if on-topic for Super User) would need to be tagged to that level of specificity.

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