The tag serves no purpose. Can we please burninate?


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I object. There must be separate tags: one for internal hardware and another one for pluggable hardware: printers, home routers, whatever. Someone would want to subscribe to one, not another. To have a separate tag for any device would make too many of them. [Peripherals] may be good replacement, but just dropping the [device] tag would loose the information and automatic renaming would bring confusion. Just leave it be.

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    We already have individual tags for printer, scanner, mouse, keyboard, trackpad, usb-hub, docking-station, external-hard-drive, usb-flash-drive, mobile-phone, modem, dongle, monitor, nas, router, wireless-router, wireless-access-point... and probably a lot more I didn't find just now. How is devices more useful, or as useful, as the more specific alternatives? How do you suggest the tag be used? Is it actually used that way?
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Apr 8, 2013 at 6:47
  • In pair with individual tag. If I am skilled in that sort of devices, I would like to browse questions on them all, not one by one. On StackOverflow we have tags like [Java] [Python], not only [function] [class] [inheritance]. As long as no hierarhy of tags supported, we should have global and more specific tags side-by-side. By saying this I presume tags are intended to find questions one can answer, not just to omit stating your OS in question text. Apr 8, 2013 at 7:53
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    Isn't device is the equivalent to programming-language (as opposed to e.g. framework?). python is more like printer...
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Apr 8, 2013 at 8:08
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    device is so broad it is useless. A programming-language tag is more akin to naming your operating system or architecture, which is actually useful and will be relevant to answering the question.
    – Amicable
    Apr 8, 2013 at 10:10
  • So, if I am adept at tinkering all sorts of office appliances (as any small office IT-manager), what tags should I browse to see where I can provide assistance? All of the mentioned tags? What I say is that there must be tag that encompasses all specific tags, like [printer] or [mouse]. Apr 8, 2013 at 11:14
  • @BarafuAlbino I don't think that's how tags work. If you browse device, you will only get questions that are explicitly tagged device, not printer or mouse.
    – Mike Caron
    Apr 12, 2013 at 23:43
  • [devices] can also refer to mobile devices, such as the iPhone, so [peripherals] wouldn't cover it.
    – Ky -
    Apr 15, 2013 at 2:43

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