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I was about to move questioned tagged into

However, I've realized they have subtly different (and mostly unrespected) meanings:

  • - an adjective - "This question is platform-independent"

    This describes the question as being generic, and not pertaining to a particular platform, in the same way as describes a question as not pertaining to a particular programming language.

    This tag feels redundant - while you'd expect every programming question to be tagged with a language, and should make it clear when you don't care about the language (), there's no need to specify a platform, and specifying that you don't care about the platform is implicit.

  • - a noun - "This question is about platform-independence".

    The question is asking about how to write code in a way that works on multiple platforms

This ultimately comes down to the conclusion I've made before that adjectival tags are meta-tags, and in the vast majority shouldn't exist.


My proposal is:

  1. Work through questions tagged , and either remove the tag or retag as
  2. Having done this, burninate
  • Also, what am I supposed to title this? The keyword filter forces me to start with a .... – Eric Sep 1 '13 at 10:21
  • I tried something (but it might not be proper English, this being Sunday and everything). – Frédéric Hamidi Sep 1 '13 at 10:36
  • @FrédéricHamidi: Edited the title to try and remove the implicit bias towards [platform-independent] – Eric Sep 1 '13 at 11:07
  • Do you mean the use of [platform-independent] as an adjective? That might indeed have biased the title a little :) – Frédéric Hamidi Sep 1 '13 at 11:11
  • @FrédéricHamidi: Bingo – Eric Sep 1 '13 at 11:14
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To me, "platform-independent" sounds more proper than "platform-independence", even though you are right as far as to "platform-independent" is an adjective and "platform-independence" is a moun. Having said that, even if you retag it, folks will still try to tag with "platform-independent" because that is how it is commonly used in conversation. Or a discussion will be created requesting a retag of "platform-independence" be changed to "platform-independent".

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    "folks will still try to tag with [platform-independent]" - not if [platform-independent] is burninated and they get offered [platform-independence]. "Or a discussion will be created requesting a retag" - surely that's what this discussion is for - that'd just be marked as a duplicate of this. – Eric Sep 1 '13 at 10:59

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