I have noticed that the tag was recently approved as a synonym to a tag .

I think there is a substantial difference between questions tagged as and :

  • is for general questions about the Java programming language.
  • is for questions related to implementation of a virtual machine that is running Java programs.

Furthermore, the tag wiki now defines that both and are same - which is not true. I believe there is a difference between a language and its implementation.

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    more importantly, there's a difference between a language and the virtual machine it runs on – John Dvorak Dec 26 '13 at 21:03
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    this sounds like vandalism. Wonder who approved. Wonder also if there was a jvm tag wiki lost when this happened, and is there a way to recover – gnat Dec 26 '13 at 21:30
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    plz merge x86 and c? k thx bye. – user213963 Dec 26 '13 at 21:35
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    But c runs on x86... So they are the same... right? right? RIGHT?!?! – qwertynl Dec 26 '13 at 21:35
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    This is perfectly acceptable to me. In other news I hear math.se merged every tag to computation, they say it should make asking questions easier. – Jimmy Hoffa Dec 26 '13 at 21:46
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    Next is java -> javascript right @JimmyHoffa ? :-D – qwertynl Dec 26 '13 at 21:55
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    @qwertynl we'll eventually get everything for turing-machine that doesn't fit in regex. – user213963 Dec 26 '13 at 22:06
  • @JanDvorak : Yes, but "a virtual machine" is in fact a subset of a "programming language implementation", isn't it? – Aleš Dec 26 '13 at 23:55

Yeah, those aren't the same thing. I removed the synonym. Luckily the two tags were never merged, so 3978 questions from before the synonym was created weren't retagged. About 100 were retagged while the synonym was active, so at least the damage was minimal. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  • any details on who approved the synonym? I would expect at least some manual review ban for letting a damage slip through – gnat Dec 27 '13 at 7:39

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