Monitor and display, for practical purposes, mean the same thing, right? I propose that these two tags be merged on Super User.

Probably go with [monitor] as it's clearly the more popular one?

If you disagree, please suggest an alternative approach for solving the overlap between the tags. (In any case most current uses of the [display] tag are as synonym of [monitor].)

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A quick glance at the questions tagged display showed at least (3) talking about the UI of an application, (2) talking about HDTVs, (2) talking about laptop screens (not normally referred to as "monitors"), and at least (1) talking about projectors.

"Display" is definitely not being used consistently as a synonym for "monitor".

  • Yeah, I noticed some of these too... Still, in the majority of cases it is used as a synonym. What would you think about merging them to diplay instead? (Obviously HDTVs, projectors, etc should have more specific tags too. An perhaps UI questions just shouldn't be tagged display.)
    – Jonik
    Commented Aug 27, 2009 at 13:10

Display could refer to anything you're displaying on. (Blackberry, iphone, touchtv, surface). Monitor refers to a specific TYPE of display

  • While technically true, it may be different in practice.
    – Brad Gilbert
    Commented Aug 27, 2009 at 12:53
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    In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.
    – Rich Seller
    Commented Aug 27, 2009 at 12:55
  • It could, but mostly it seems to be used interchangeably with monitor...
    – Jonik
    Commented Aug 27, 2009 at 12:57
  • Perhaps they should be merged to display then? That would better suits ones like this, I think superuser.com/questions/235/…
    – Jonik
    Commented Aug 27, 2009 at 12:58
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    I'm suggesting that although some of those should probably be retagged, having two separate tags is still a good idea.
    – devinb
    Commented Aug 27, 2009 at 13:06
  • Apparently someone disagrees with me...
    – devinb
    Commented Aug 27, 2009 at 13:45

I had a look at these questions. display and monitor should remain separate tags as in most cases they are not used as synonyms, and where they are there is enough users with tag editing power to fix the anomalies.

Where display and monitor is used, the most relevant one must be chosen and applied. I have gone through these and re-tagged so they should not be there.

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