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The description for reads:

Cross-Site Scripting attacks are a type of injection problem, in which malicious scripts are injected into the otherwise benign and trusted web sites. Cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks occur when an attacker ...

and that of reads:

Cross-site scripting (XSS) is a type of computer security vulnerability typically found in Web applications.

Shouldn't the two tags be synonyms? Maybe can be a synonym for .

Currently there are 1834 questions tagged and 87 tagged .


UPDATE: The answer below mentions that often refers to legitimate cross-site functionality. I'm not quite sure. The questions cited as examples appear to be incorrectly tagged as . Those seem more appropriate to be tagged (aka ).

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    synonym would be better than a merge. If the two words are sufficiently different then a synonym is more suitable. Merge works better for combining plural and singular together. – JonW Oct 24 '13 at 12:38
  • @JonW I agree. I realized that while I was writing the question which is why I suggested that towards the end. – devnull Oct 24 '13 at 12:39
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No, they should not. They are not synonyms, although they are related, and they often misused.

mostly refers to the security vulnerability known as "cross-site scripting."

often refers to legitimate cross-site functionality. Look at the questions:

The only problem that needs fixing is the description of .

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  • +1, and please do so! – user1228 Oct 24 '13 at 14:00
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    I believe that the examples you've cited are tagged somewhat incorrectly, those probably needed to be tagged cross-domain aka cross-origin. – devnull Oct 24 '13 at 14:13
  • @devnull: I guess it's ambiguous, but if cross-site would be merged into xss, that would make tags for these questions completely wrong. – vartec Oct 24 '13 at 23:57
  • @vartec As I mentioned earlier, it seems to me that some of the questions tagged cross-site that you're referring to should have rather been tagged cross-domain. – devnull Oct 25 '13 at 5:25

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