On StackOverflow already has as as a synonym.

We also have , and I propose that it be made a synonym of . I can't make this recommendation on SO because I don't have the required score in these tags. (I spend a fair bit of time replacing these generic tags with more specific ones on the questions in my interest area... if I didn't, I'd have the rep! Catch-22...)

All three are about scripts in general, with no specific technology indicated. There are more specific script tags, e.g. and , which would be unaffected.

  • 7
    Why do we even need tags for generic scripting?
    – Wooble
    Jul 16, 2013 at 15:19
  • @Wooble - Hear, Hear! A quick count on one page of [script] shows 64% of askers have <10 rep, 92% <500... implying that the questions in these generic tags are too easily settled upon by new users.
    – Mogsdad
    Jul 16, 2013 at 16:15
  • By the way, questions tagged [script] may be specific to html tag <script>. I think they should be somehow retagged
    – RiaD
    Jul 16, 2013 at 16:36
  • @RiaD - The tag wiki says "A small program written to be read and executed by a command interpreter or another scripting language.", no mention of html... so, yes, if there are questions about html <script>, they need to be retagged - but they are already tagged wrong, so that has no bearing on making this a synonym. (... and most with [html][script] seem to be about [php] anyway, so maybe they just need [script] removed?)
    – Mogsdad
    Jul 16, 2013 at 16:47

1 Answer 1


It really would seem to me that both tags could be cleaned up and burninated.

A scripting tag seems about a useful as a Programming tag. A cleanup effort would involve determining what language the script in question is referring to and replace the script/scripting tag with that language's tag.

  • 1
    You read my mind - I've been migrating [google][script] and [google][scripting] to [google-apps-script] for weeks. My observation is that in most cases, the generic tag is already redundant - e.g. [python][script] - so in the vast majority of cases, it's enough to just remove the generic (useless) tag.
    – Mogsdad
    Jul 16, 2013 at 17:21
  • Is there some way to automate the process of removing or blending tags? I've been doing this one-at-a-time, focusing on a set of redundancies at a time, and while I've eliminated many, it's just too painful.
    – Mogsdad
    Aug 24, 2013 at 2:58

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