I don't think there's an obvious, meaningful difference between these two terms. The questions in each tag seem pretty similar.

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    I don't know... I think a bug is a bug that sucks, while a glitch is a minor bug that causes a minor amusement but does not break the gameplay
    – Zommuter
    Sep 17, 2010 at 12:04
  • @Tobias I suspect many of us feel these words imply slightly different things, but I also suspect that everyone's definition is a little bit different. Unless these words clearly define different things to the community as a whole, there is little value in separate tags.
    – sjohnston
    Sep 17, 2010 at 15:45
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    I'm voting to close this question as the tags it relates to have all since been removed
    – Robotnik Mod
    Oct 18, 2015 at 7:40

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Just for the record:

I'm totally in favor of merging it all into bug and setting up synonyms (thanks Grace).

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    I'm good for creating a synonym and for merging. I don't think there's a serious necessity to distinguish these. From a practicality standpoint, they are all used on basically the same topic. So this conclusion keeps in line with how we are actually using the tags.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Sep 16, 2010 at 15:02
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    In case all the upvoters haven't noticed, Arda Xi setup a synonym for y'all to vote on!
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Sep 16, 2010 at 18:36
  • Neat, I didn't realize synonyms were a vote-able thing.
    – sjohnston
    Sep 16, 2010 at 19:41
  • As the synonym has passed, I have gone and performed the merge. I did review the list, and the only questionable entity was this one, as bug tends to have more negative connotations, but I think it's fine.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Sep 16, 2010 at 19:55
  • I had no idea gamers used "bug" more often than "glitch". I've always thought gamers used "glitch" more. In fact, there's "glitching" which refers specifically to exploiting glitches (for whatever motive), but not a similar term for exploiting bugs. Could be just me, though...
    – BoltClock
    May 26, 2011 at 19:35
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    @The Annoying might be carryover from the programmer/gamer crowd around here.
    – C. Ross
    May 26, 2011 at 19:58
  • @C. Ross: Ah, now that you mention it :)
    – BoltClock
    May 26, 2011 at 20:00

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