What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 122 Stack Exchange communities.

Currently on stackoverflow.com, there are 275 questions tagged , and 910 questions tagged . Of the 'intent' tagged questions, only one is not about Android intents, and it is legitimately about another technology of the same name.

Fortran intent(inout) v's no intent

Since the term 'android-intent' is arguably less ambiguous than 'intent', even though more than 99% of questions tagged 'intent' are about Android intents, and since more than one technology shares this name, I propose retagging the 909 Android 'intent' questions as 'android-intent'.

If someone with permission to do this disagrees, then please at least change 'android-intent' tags to 'intent'.

share|improve this question
I have retagged the FORTRAN one to remove the intent as there are only a handful of us folks left who need to care and the FORTRAN tag is enough. –  user7116 Jun 3 '11 at 13:40
So essentially you want android-intent to be a tag synonym of intent? –  M. Tibbits Jul 3 '11 at 15:27
Yes, or the other way around. –  Programmer Bruce Jul 3 '11 at 17:50
add comment

put on hold as off-topic by Gilles, Martijn Pieters, Undo, 3ventic, ChrisF 4 hours ago

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question pertains only to a specific site in the Stack Exchange Network. Questions on Meta Stack Exchange should pertain to our network or software that drives it as a whole, within the guidelines defined in the help center. You should ask this question on the meta site where your concern originated." – Gilles, Martijn Pieters, Undo, 3ventic, ChrisF
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

2 Answers

I think it would probably be better to make be a synonym for , as the latter is less ambiguous to the reader, there's no difference as far as the search engines are concerned, and that makes it possible for to be used for something else in the future without a major retagging exercise.

Oh, and write a good tag wiki (or at least an excerpt) once the merge is done, please! Help to educate those of us (like me!) who know nothing about the technology being identified…

share|improve this answer
FWIW, I usually prefer to merge to the most common tag on the grounds that that's “proved itself most strongly in the market”, but in this case going to the least ambiguous tag is better IMO. –  Donal Fellows Jul 3 '11 at 18:11
add comment

Shouldn't you just tag those questions with and ?

share|improve this answer
At the time of my original post above, all 'intent' tagged posts were already also tagged 'android' (except the one FORTRAN post). The issue is overlap with the 'android-intent' tag. –  Programmer Bruce Jun 3 '11 at 13:50
@Programmer Bruce: Doesn't that just reaffirm the fact that android and intent should be separate tags? Why the need to duplicate 'android'? Similarly it is not .net-linq but just linq. –  Steven Jeuris Jun 3 '11 at 13:56
The point is to merge 'android-intent' with 'intent'. –  Programmer Bruce Jun 3 '11 at 14:02
That isn't that clear. :) Your first point is "I propose retagging the 909 Android 'intent' questions as 'android-intent'.". Only your second is: "If someone with permission to do this disagrees, then please at least change 'android-intent' tags to 'intent'.". But in the first case, yes I agree. ;p –  Steven Jeuris Jun 3 '11 at 14:28
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .