On superuser we have

[keyboard-shortcuts] x 34
[shortcuts] x 4
[shortcut] x 2

I was thinking of changing the 6 ones labeled shortcuts and shortcut to keyboard-shortcuts as this would be the least work and only take a minute (retagging 4 questions). But I'm not sure. I think shortcuts is maybe better (are there other than 'keyboard-' shortcuts?).

So I'm asking the community... how should this be retagged?

Edit: Apparently (thanks Shog9) there is a difference in meaning between 'keyboard-shortcut' and 'shortcut' tout-court (the latter being e.g. a shorthand for instance to type into the Firefox address bar). So the only problem that remains now: should we take 'shortcut' or 'shortcuts' for that last meaning? This question doesn't give a decisive answer towards tags being plural or singular.

Another Edit: Ok, I've updated the tags, so now there's only 'keyboard-shortcuts' and 'shortcuts'. But I like Jeff Yates' idea of separating 'keyboard-shortcuts' in 'keyboard' and 'shortcuts'. Can this be done with the moderator tools?

3 Answers 3


shortcut is not currently used for questions related to keyboard shortcuts. One question tagged [shortcuts] also refers to a different meaning for that word.

Proceed carefully...

  • Agreed, not all shortcuts on SU relate to the keyboard.
    – random
    Aug 6, 2009 at 12:49
  • It's only one. Just delete it. There are so many of them, who will miss one question?
    – Ladybug Killer
    Aug 6, 2009 at 13:36
  • Heh... I'd have just edited them, but have no power to edit anything not CW on SU. Kinda like Jeff Yates' suggestion though.
    – Shog9
    Aug 6, 2009 at 13:51

I favor [keyboard-shortcuts], too. It's more descriptive, it contains the other terms (so it will show up in the suggestion box), and it is most frequently used. Seems like a clear winner to me.

  • I don't think "more descriptive" is a valid reason. C#-with-net-35-and-linq-to-xml is more descriptive, but it's also not what we want tags to be.
    – Jeff Yates
    Aug 6, 2009 at 16:16

I vote for separating keyboard-shortcuts into keyboard and shortcuts.

shortcuts is a category and keyboard is a subcategory. Of course, in theory, this seems the most sensible to me but in practise, it might be a pain to enforce.

  • +1 Yes. This seems a good option indeed!
    – fretje
    Aug 6, 2009 at 13:58

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