For those of you who hate fun, Ending the Fourth is what I think needs should happen. I guess the question is "can file pickers in general and filepicker.io be separated?"

Once upon a time there was a tag named . It lived happily in the orangey-hued meadows of Stack Overflow, minding its own business. It never needed to worry about whether the grass was greener on the other side. Oh, it wasn't a wildly popular tag like some of the other tags, but it served its purpose and was content with its dozen questions. (Personally I feel it was hard done by in only having that few friends, but that is another matter.)

One day a Nice Nifty New Service going by the name of filepicker.io came along. It seemed pretty cool, but alas! it trampled upon that poor tag. I don't blame the filepicker.io team, but the fact remains that their brand infringed upon the tag rights of . From about July onwards, most or all of the questions filed in were about filepicker.io rather than file pickers in general. And didn't know what to do with these questions!

Now you get to Choose your Ending! (™, probably.)

Ending the First: filepicker.io gets court and fined and then died

went to court, suing on some form of trademark infringement or something else. Maybe it was the violation of basic tag rights. I can't remember what it was, actually. Check in Hansard to find out. Anyway, they won and filepicker.io died and got to maintain its integrity.

Ending the Second: filepicker.io gets crushed

got several million dollars from a VC or some such investor (I suspect is was successful because it had no business plan), hired lots of people to ask questions about file pickers in general and quickly overwhelmed filepicker.io. A few months later the latter service out bought it for $7,288.58.

Ending the Third: dies a lonely death

wept bitterly for the days of yore, but alas, it was no good. Eventually it ran away to sea and finally ended up cast onto a desert island. This record has been found, written by itself:

There I eked out a miserable existence, feeding on sand and gravel and dressing myself in cactus plants. Years passed. Eating sand and mud slowly undermined my robust constitution. I fell ill. I died. I buried myself.

Would that others who write sea stories would do as much.

Ending the Fourth: the boring, almost realistic one

A new lobbying group was started, The Friends of . It lobbied assorted governments* and the League of Tags (or was it the United Tags?) and got an injunction against filepicker.io, that it should move to .

Then all was resolved; file pickers in general should use and the service filepicker.io should use .

And they all lived happily ever after.

* I know the US has the Republicans and the Democrats, but I haven't even got a clue which is which or which Obama is affiliated with or which is which colour; don't bother enlightening me.

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    You know we hate fun right? Any chance you could formulate this as a clear question. Perhaps a tl;dr at the top? – Bart Oct 16 '12 at 12:17
  • OK, I added a bit at the top for that purpose. – Chris Morgan Oct 16 '12 at 12:20
  • Uhm ... the filepicker wiki mentions filepicker.io (and there's no [filepicker.io] wiki. Someone 'ought to fix that. (Someone who knows more about this than me, that is). – Joachim Sauer Oct 16 '12 at 14:29

In keeping with the theme of the question, I've made an Executive Decision and created the tag. (It seemed reasonable, since is already a thing, and is a related but different thing.) I also retagged a handful of questions that were obviously about the Web service, but someone who knows more about it will want to go through the questions and retag the ones that I missed.

  • Thanks. I'm so glad that [filepicker] didn't need to attempt to subsist on sand and gravel. However, I imagine this is going to be an ongoing problem, too. You never can convince people to tag their questions correctly, whatever goes in the tag wikis and excerpts. – Chris Morgan Oct 16 '12 at 12:29
  • @ChrisMorgan It probably will be a stuggle, but filepicker.io popping up in the list of tags automatically as people type will help a lot. Thanks for suggesting it. – Bill the Lizard Oct 16 '12 at 12:31
  • As a member of the filepicker.io team, deepest apologizes to the citizens of filepicker-landia. Thanks for the help in resolving this; I'm happy to use the filepicker.io tag from now on and steer our users toward it as well. Are there other things I can do to make things better? – Liyan Chang Oct 17 '12 at 3:40
  • @LiyanChang That's no problem. Chris caught it before the problem was too big to fix easily. Asking your users to tag their questions filepicker.io would be a big help. Thanks! – Bill the Lizard Oct 17 '12 at 10:57

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