We currently have and . From the questions, they both deal with C++'s std::vector. However, vector also describes a non-one-dimensional movement in physics.

Yes, we aren't a math site. There's physics.se, math.se and mo for that. But I still think we shouldn't be using

This is not a tag synonym request, but a retag request. I guarantee you there is or will be a programming question involving mathematical vectors.

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    There are a lot of questions there...that's a lot to go through. Probably easier to try to pick out the much smaller subset that aren't referring to std vector so that all that's left is the C++ code, then do an automated mass copy.
    – Servy
    Oct 17, 2013 at 20:31
  • @Servy Never thought of that. Can you make that an answer?
    – Cole Tobin
    Oct 17, 2013 at 20:33
  • No, as I'm not sure if that's appropriate in this case or not. It's just an idea.
    – Servy
    Oct 17, 2013 at 20:35
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    Tags can be merged; it's the equivalent of a bulk retag. Are we sure that [vector] isn't being used in some questions as a more generic tag than std::vector?
    – user102937
    Oct 17, 2013 at 20:37
  • @Servy if that's what you think should happen, that's a valid reason for an answering. Then we vote :)
    – Cole Tobin
    Oct 17, 2013 at 20:37
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    @RobertHarvery did you read my last paragraph about that? We have a tag for sudoku. That's a tag referencing the problem people are trying to solve. If I was a new user solving a problem involving math vectors, I might just tag it vector also.
    – Cole Tobin
    Oct 17, 2013 at 20:38
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    C++ is not the only language to have vector classes/structs in their language/base class libraries, Java for one.
    – user1228
    Oct 18, 2013 at 13:27

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No, don't merge a generic tag (7666 questions have it) with a specific one (608).

The generic tag is used for all kinds of vectors currently, so retagging it would cause a ton of trouble, as not all questions currently tagged are about .

Unless you're planning on manually going through almost eight thousand questions to find out which of them are not about and correctly retagging the rest, I don't see how you could harmlessly merge them.

  • Want to argue about the rest of the ambiguously tagged questions? :) Seriously, ensuring that a tag is used appropriately takes quite some time, especially from a person who is not in position to decide that due to lack of experience in a given area. Sure, math vectors and C++ are not the best example, but good luck convincing people to spend their time on 20 questions they may not know much about. Oct 18, 2013 at 1:44

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