Do we really need and , and ?

Please note that unrar, unzip and gunzip are command line utilities.

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    Combine them to two tags, RAR and ZIP?
    – slhck
    Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 14:42
  • There's also gzip and gunzip Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 15:15
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    Is there anything to gain from having [zip], [rar], etc., as opposed to just using the general tag [compression] (and [extract])?
    – Excellll
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 14:10

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IMHO: Nope, we do not need either of these four.

Especially not both the compress and the decompress version of the tags. Even if people vote for keeping them I suggest removing at least unrar/unzip


I think that there are cases when having the specific tags would help. I think the extra decompression tags are overkill. Just have , , and and then make and for general questions.

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    I believe that extraction may be too wide a term as it may imply extracting data from something. Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 12:21

I'd give a differing view here. There's specific unrar and unzip binaries in common use, so this is not your classic meta-tag. This would be like demanding we kill off the tag, IMO.

  • Not sure about unrar, but unzip is almost always linked to zip.
    – Chris S
    Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 19:18

Just my opinion maybe, but I think the is quite sufficient. It automatically implies (de)compression. At most there should be only two tags and for the if for the sake of clarity.


I believe should be sufficient for all (de)compression related questions.

I would also synomymise and to so that people find it when attempting to tag with the aforementioned tags.

and should just be burned on sight.


I think that these tags should stand for the time being, but a note should be made that when the Internet is full up they will be the first things removed.

  • How does this answer the question? ( I didn't downvote yet.)
    – harper
    Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 5:11

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