There are three overlapping environment-related tags: , , and , none of which are defined, plus , which does not overlap. I did some cleanup in the tag and the usages of the three tags now look mainly like this:


  • system-related interaction (infrastructure rather than applications/desktop-environment)
  • development environment


  • virtual environment
  • isolated software installation
  • workflow and software tools
  • computer setup
  • surrounding physical environment related to computer setup


  • computer setup
  • surrounding physical environment related to computer setup
  • environmental factors affecting hardware performance

These might logically be grouped like this:

  • Virtual environment: use the numerous existing tags relating to this
  • Workflow and software tools: Use the existing application tags or create as needed

New (or renamed from ) tag: or :

  • system-related interaction
  • development environment
  • isolated software installation

  • computer setup
  • surrounding physical environment related to the user or computer setup

  • environmental factors affecting hardware performance (temperature, power, wireless transmission obstacles, weather, etc.)

Recommendation: Rename the tag or delete it and create a new system-related one. Create definitions for the three tags. Retag as needed to move questions to the appropriate tag. Suggestions for terminology or wiki excerpt wording are welcomed.

  • Don't forget about environment-variables Nov 24, 2014 at 17:11
  • @KevinPanko - Yeah, there are other environment-related tags. These three suffer from overlap, which isn't a problem for the other ones.
    – fixer1234
    Nov 24, 2014 at 17:24
  • What I'm trying to say is that when I see environment it makes me think of environment-variables first. Nov 24, 2014 at 18:23
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    @KevinPanko - This question is also a Rorschach test. You passed. :-)
    – fixer1234
    Nov 24, 2014 at 18:44
  • @fixer1234 I didn't think you could "fail" a Rorschach test.
    – user
    Nov 29, 2014 at 23:34
  • @MichaelKjörling - I do all the time. They just scratch their heads and wonder what species provided the result.
    – fixer1234
    Nov 29, 2014 at 23:37
  • If the solution to a problem is removing everything between the keyboard and the chair, should the question be retagged as work-environment or physical-environment?
    – user385793
    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:24
  • @Jeeped - You mean remove the "meat-sack"? Sounds like something Mokubai would write (see answer and comments on this question: meta.superuser.com/questions/8870/…)
    – fixer1234
    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:41

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This one is completed. Despite a wiki excerpt being added saying [environment] is deprecated, don't use it, someone already reused it. This tag needs to be deleted, or to use an Al Gore phrase, put in a lockbox.

  • Shouldn't this happen "Tags not associated with any question are automatically destroyed at 03:00 UTC every day." Source: Here Dec 4, 2014 at 21:47
  • The cleanup might have missed the cutoff time.
    – fixer1234
    Dec 4, 2014 at 22:05
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    True... Well, you just have to do border police and wait :( Dec 4, 2014 at 22:06

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