Referencing this question, the community at large approved my edit. I removed the tag from the question, and replaced it with with . Later on, another user edit was made, adding back to the question.

Is this not redundant? It's not really a problem per say, and in the long run it doesn't matter. But should questions pertaining to Windows be tagged with their specific operating system, and the general tag?

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There is no need for both.

The tag is meant:

For questions not specific to a single version of Microsoft Windows. Otherwise, use a more specific tag such as or .

Having said that, I would not normally have removed it when adding a version specific tag like as it does not cause any harm and allows someone to easily find all questions about Windows using a tag search.

The exception to that would be a case where there were already 5 tags (5 is the maximum number of allowed tags). Then I would remove to leave space for .

I probably wouldn't have made an edit that only added back in to the question.

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  • Works for me, just wanted to double check on it. Thanks! – Kaizerwolf May 19 '17 at 14:52
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    You can search for "windows*", so having both doesn't help search. – Braiam May 19 '17 at 17:38
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    @Braiam Oh. I never realised you could use wildcards in tag searches ... – DavidPostill May 19 '17 at 17:46
  • Note that the edit that added (windows) back to the question didn’t do only that; it also made a minor grammatical correction and spelled out an abbreviation.  But there’s another issue: if you have a total score of 60 in the (windows-7) tag and a 40 score in the (windows-10) tag, that’s not enough to earn the bronze badge for the (windows) tag (or is it?). … (Cont’d) – Scott May 27 '17 at 7:44
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    (Cont’d) … There’s a difference between questions that are specifically about Windows 10, and questions that are about Windows (in general) but have been posted by somebody who is using Windows 10.  Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes a Windows question is just a Windows question, requiring only general knowledge of Windows.  Don’t we want to be able to keep track of our generalist Windows experts, and use badges to identify (and reward) them? – Scott May 27 '17 at 7:45
  • @Scott Additionally, it could be hard to tell, whether something is a problem pertaining only to a specific version of Windows, or is it something that is shared between several versions. – Dragomok May 27 '17 at 15:37

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