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I find the tag to be unnecessarily vague. There are three flavours of language named ActionScript, essentially 1, 2 and 3. Although there are also widely used tags for AS2 and AS3, several users employ the generic actionscript tag instead, which poses the question

Does this user mean the original ActionScript, ActionScript 2 or ActionScript 3?

Am I being overly pedantic to propose replacing the actionscript tag with actionscript-1, and manually re-tagging every post that meant to use the AS2 or AS3 tag instead? And if so, what would be the appropriate tag for a question where someone wants help identifying the ActionScript flavour of a given code sample?

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is a generic tag that is used when a question is about ActionScript. If the question is about a feature that is only present on ActionScript 2, then the question could use an additional tag, such as . This tag should be used when the question is really about ActionScript 2, and not for a question that is valid for every ActionScript versions.

It's not different from what happens with other tags. For example, for C# you can use the following tags: , , , , and ; is used when the version of C# is irrelevant, and the other tags should be used for questions specific for those versions.

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So do you think the best practice is to re-tag with an additional as2 or as3 tag as appropriate? Seems fair enough. Does that also mean that posts just tagged with actionscript-3 should receive an additional actionscript tag? Apologies for the pedantry! –  shanethehat Jul 24 '11 at 17:05
This gets tricky when there's very little of importance common among all versions. Is there anything meaningful that can be said about a tag like vb? Almost everything in there is also tagged with one of vba, vbscript, vb6, vb.net, etc., and with good reason. –  McCannot Jul 24 '11 at 17:09
If you use both actionscript and actionscript-2 there are more chances the question will be noticed from who answers questions about ActionScript; that doesn't mean to use actionscript, actionscript-2, actionscript-3 when the question is specific to ActionScript 2, though. Using actionscript together a tag specific for the version is what I find correct. –  kiamlaluno Jul 24 '11 at 17:12
That's good enough for me, thanks for the clarification. –  shanethehat Jul 24 '11 at 17:31
@camccann: No, I think the vb tag should be banned. Feel free to post a question about that. I'll upvote it and support you 100%. I've just never taken the time to do so myself. I find a lot of people use it erroneously, either out of ignorance or on accident, when they actually should be using a more specific tag. It is completely meaningless given the incredible differences between the various versions, and promotes the general ignorance that VB.NET is anything at all like the COM-based VB. –  Cody Gray Jul 25 '11 at 3:55
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