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From most used to least used (including related tags):

Are they really unique? I know that they might be a little bit different by definition, but are they different enough for users that aren't experts on the subject?

  • You mean Super Users are not expert enough to need the definitions between them? – HaydnWVN Dec 11 '12 at 17:31
  • @HaydnWVN I'm sure that's not what they meant. But new users here might be confused by the different tags. – slhck Dec 11 '12 at 17:43
  • Yes, I'm talking about new/inexperienced users, that for them all those tags look like synonyms. – tempy Dec 11 '12 at 17:45
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    I respectfully disagree. There is a difference; however small a new/inexperienced user might think it is, indeed it's a huge technical difference. I think the only "questionable" tags above are malware (which technically encompasses all the other tags), and infection. – Breakthrough Dec 11 '12 at 17:55
  • @Breakthrough I understand. I just wanted to make sure the tag wikis are clear enough for inexperienced users and that none of them are useless (I thought we could get rid of [worm] or [infection] but I don't really know) – tempy Dec 12 '12 at 18:13
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I'm of the opinion that for many OP's (who are usually 'basic' users asking for help with an 'technical' (virus/malware type) problem) the exact distinction may be very confusing (and probably unknown).

I still feel the multiple tags should be available - yet users who are not knowledgeable enough to define their explicit problem should be encouraged to use the or tags.

Questions can then be edited/improved (by the OP or more likely other editors) to make the distinction.

Remember that many original questions may not contain enough information to diagnose the exact cause/'infection' until more in-depth diagnosis steps from comments/questions are taken anyway.

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