Today I noticed new users have been occasionally tagging where should have been. Searching SO under this tag clearly shows it's intended to refer to variable assignment. Since the tag wiki is blank, I thought including some information there would help deter people from using it as a misnomer. I put the following as the excerpt:

This tag refers to the concept of variable assignment. For homework assignments, use the [homework] tag.

And shamelessly copied from Wikipedia for the full wiki:

An assignment statement sets or re-sets the value stored in the storage location(s) denoted by a variable name. In most imperative computer programming languages, assignment statements are one of the basic statements. Common notations for the assignment operator are = and :=

The edit hasn't been approved yet but I'm wondering if these are appropriate for the tag wiki. Feel free to improve on it.

Also, I noticed another tag, which I think should be a synonym of .


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Seems reasonable. I think it's better to be very literal in this case, so I set up a synonym for

and merged them.

So there may be some (probably terrible) homework questions questions tagged "variable assignment" now...

  • Thanks - I'll go search and retag those homework questions when I get a chance. Sep 27, 2011 at 14:50

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