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So, I was asking a question today and noticed there were tags for and . It makes more since to merge these two into a single considering the reorganization in Python 3.

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What if people are using Python 2? –  Doorknob Apr 6 '13 at 1:24
I'm not sure. Is urllib different enough from urllib2? I still think they should at least of the python- prefix attached. –  Nathan2055 Apr 6 '13 at 1:29

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Even within the series, the and modules are significantly different - so certainly aren't synonymous and should not be merged. As long as a question is tagged (or a specific 3.x version - nb: even if it's not - the Python community are quick to identify and appropriately re-tag questions) then the tag has enough context to avoid ambiguity.

As to prefixing tag names with python- - I'm not 100% sure - I'm personally -0 on it, as we'd also need to consider , and etc... (although I don't think really should be Python specific (and there's also a sighs)...

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Well, what I am concerned about is where to put questions relating to Python 3 urllib. –  Nathan2055 Apr 6 '13 at 18:35
@Nathan2055 The way the tags are set up at the moment, you can get across your intent by using the urllib tag and either the python3.x (or more specific) tag. Perhaps not the best of approaches, but until we can agree on a way the tagging could be improved (some of the Wiki entries definitely need updating), then it's the best we've got... –  Jon Clements Apr 7 '13 at 0:27

There are some pretty major changes in what the classes are called between urllib and urllib2, at least when I was mucking with them. urllib.urlopen becomes urllib.request.urlopen, for example. Keeping them separate makes sense to me because the code would be different.

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