It seems to me that "convert" is an ImageMagick component, but most questions tagged convert (1,945 questions) deal with various conversions of various formats into other formats.
The convert utility is one of many ImageMagick utilities. If the utility needs its own tag (which it might, there are 42 questions tagged imagemagick and convert, that tag should be imagemagick-convert. These could be fixed in short order if someone with more rep than I would create the tag.
However, when browsing a random selection of questions tagged convert, I found that none of my random reading of a couple hundred question titles (save the 42 that were also tagged imagemagick) were about the tool. Instead, they all followed the pattern specified by the tag wiki:
The act of changing one thing into another. Often accomplished by casting or using a method that takes one thing and outputs another.
I think the
convert tag should be scrapped entirely.
Yes, the main ImageMagick executable is named
convert. But using this as a tag is completely pointless - I can think of no scenario where
convertwould be a meaningful categorization for a ImageMagick question. (I am an ImageMagick user and know what I'm talking about.)
In a general context,
convertis about as meaningful as
I was about to duplicate this request, so I'll post the question here as an answer instead. Take it as my support for getting rid of this tag, but not necessarily replacing it with "imagemagick":
There's a tag convert which, judging by the question list, is used for converting anything to anything.
- convert jQuery to Prototype
- Converting MySQL dateline to the unix timestamp.
- Convert time field H:M into integer field (minutes) in JAVA
- String to int conversion
- Convert PDF to text without pdftotext?
I question the usefulness of such a generic tag, and it seems any of these questions would mean the same thing without it, but it's currently attached to 2200 questions.
The tag wiki says:
The act of changing one thing into another.
There's also the sister tag, conversion which seems to suffer from the same uselessness.
The act or an instance of converting or the process of being converted (changed in form, character, or function).
I think we should blacklist one or both of these tags, "convert/conversion", or at least merge them.
User may use
conversion tag for any question related to conversion like converting
C code to C++ or
.Net to Java cause every user is not fluent in English. We have to accept such things. And I think there is nothing wrong in using
convert tag for your question even if it is not related to
ImageMagic. User can also use it in question related to
So your proposal of changing
ImageMagicis not a good one [As per my opinion.].
I don't know of ImageMagick, so I didn't know that Convert is a component there. I beleive there are many more that also don't know this.
Also the word "convert" is too much in use in other contexts to be owned by ImageMagick. If you have a question that targets the Convert component in ImageMagick, you should tag the question with both
I might change my opinion to tag it as imagemagick-convert instead of two separate tags, as just convert would be too generic (and as the OP says, most questions tagged convert deal with various conversions of various formats into other formats).
When you enter a tag name for the question, you automatically gets a list of proposals, and if you enter "convert", you will get a proposal for imagemagick-convert if there exists such tag.