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"Graph" probably means different things in different StackExchange sites.

The Graph tag on StackOverflow site is looks like a disorganized combination of:

  • Graph as in chart
  • Graph as in graph db (e.g. triplestores)
  • Graph as in collection of node-edge combinations
  • meanings in SO wiki

Should items be re-tagged or should we just do away with the ambiguous "Graph" tag?

NOTE: This qustion started on SO and refers (mostly) to the graph tag there.

Edit: there are tags for triplestore and graph-databases perhaps anything tagged graph and database should get a graph-databases tag and drop the ambiguous graph

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There are already more specific tags for these various meanings:

I think it's “only” a matter of retagging the 4400 or so questions tagged .

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The tag does looks like it's encapsulating too much. I took a quick look around to see what other tags handle these aspects of this tag.

  • For the "chart" aspect, we have tags such as and handling that. In the whole data representation aspect, we have the tag, but it doesn't get much use - perhaps its usage should be promoted in this case?

  • For the database aspect, which I'd have to admit is pretty interesting, perhaps specific tags relating to specific APIs would be a better fit. A quick look doesn't find any in use, though.

  • For the data structure, seems more than sufficient to cover questions about it.

I'm only throwing this out there, but perhaps be made a synonym of , and questions that deal with data representation be retagged as such.

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The [plot] tag is probably a better substitute for the "chart" sense of graph tag. –  joran Jun 25 '12 at 16:43
No, graph as applies to data structures is far more specific than data-structures, they are not synonyms. –  Gilles Jun 25 '12 at 18:37
Yeah, honestly data-structures itself seems way too vague to be useful. –  Wooble Jun 25 '12 at 18:38

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