According to its Tag Wiki Summary, is about:

The Apache HTTP Server, commonly referred to as Apache [...]

In the Java environment (and not only there) there are tons of Apache projects that are relevant to Stack Overflow questions: Tomcat, Apache Commons (and many, many sub-projects), Apache Derby, FOP, ...

The problem is that many times questions are tagged wrong:

Many other examples can be found when searching for questions tagged as and . Many/most of those are mistagged it seems.

My suggestion: rename to or something similar. Granted, a short tag name is a massive advantage, but "apache" simply doesn't precisely describe a single piece of software any more.

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    Sad (because I like the tag being just Apache) but true.
    – Pekka
    Oct 15, 2012 at 8:06
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    @Pekka: I know, but apart from some complicated logic like "discouarge the apache tag when the java tag is present" or something similar I can't think of another good solution to this problem. Oct 15, 2012 at 8:07
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    My suggested rename: apache to apache-httpd. This is the short name used on httpd.apache.org while the long name is "Apache HTTP Server". Oct 1, 2013 at 8:48
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    Does no-one else think this is a problem? It's getting to the point that almost every second question is getting wrongly tagged with Apache because the user is using some Apache project and just types "Apache <project>" into the tag line. Can we please rename this tag? Oct 7, 2013 at 12:02
  • I'm in favor of renaming apache to apache-httpd. I've been cleaning these up lately and it's a huge waste of time.
    – Ben Reser
    Jan 30, 2014 at 17:24

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I suggest we clean up the double-tagged questions (mentioned in the question) and then rename to (as Colin 't Hart suggested). Finally we'd need to blacklist .

Oh, and maybe blacklist while we're at it (it even says not to use it in its tag wiki).

  • Bingo, action! Agree completely. I've already started with the double tagging by removing apache from unrelated questions, but they seem to come back faster than I can clean them. Oct 7, 2013 at 12:14
  • And of course I completely agree with the proposed new tag name, it's the shortest we can come up with. Oct 7, 2013 at 12:15
  • microsoft is also a valid tag, so then apache is just as valid. I'd blacklist both, they're both too meaningless. Oct 7, 2013 at 12:17
  • @Colin'tHart: agreed, but putting too much in this request will just get it ignored ;-) I'd stay with what the question mentions for now. (see this for the more general approach). Oct 7, 2013 at 12:21

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