I noticed a suggested edit that added to a question with . Since Minecraft has been rather extremely updated in this regard, I think it warrants a meta discussion. I'm not hugely up-to-date on current Minecraft, so if anything is incorrect feel free to fix it.

In ye olden days, when Minecraft was PC-only, there was a separate application used as a server. This is still true, but I believe it is only for the java edition. See here

Now that most versions use the bedrock edition, the server functionality it built in to the game. Combined with additional confusion with the introduction of Realms, tagging questions about hosting Minecraft servers might need clarification.

The snippet reads:

If your question is about a specific game's dedicated server software, please use the tag for that game's software instead

and the wiki states:

If your question is about a specific game's dedicated server, please use the tag for that game instead, For example, use for Minecraft dedicated server questions.

Since Minecraft, for most users, no longer has a dedicated software for hosting, should we start using the tag for non-java versions, or continue with the tag for everything?

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  • Is minecraft hosting really no longer a thing? I'm still new to mc, but I see a lot of services for mc servers, so this kind of confuses me. – shadi Feb 7 at 15:56
  • @shadi Looks like there is an alpha for server software for bedrock minecraft here. How that is different than the built-in server functionality, I'm not sure. – Batophobia Feb 7 at 17:03
  • I feel minecraft-server and hosting are 2 separate things that can coexist. "hosting" would be OS-level whereas "minecraft-server" would be just config-level or the server software itself – shadi Feb 8 at 1:00
  • @shadi that's fine, I just wanted to ask since some server-type Minecraft questions will no longer apply to the minecraft-server tag. I suppose a more general phrasing would be "if a game has built-in server functionality, should questions related to hosting use the hosting tag" – Batophobia Feb 8 at 23:45

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