The tag (on 30 questions) seems awful. In common parlance "lag" is a catch-all term for poor performance; attributable to myriad things. Many of the questions it's on have a network bent, but several seem to be just about a local slowdown (graphics card/CPU overload, slow input)

(Right now is a synonym of , which in retrospect is probably a bad/fruitless idea)

Should we axe the tag and retag some of the questions with perhaps (or similar) or // (look, more catch-all tags :\)

Incorporating badp's suggestion:

  1. remove synonym from to
  2. create synonym from to
  3. rename to
  4. create synonym from to (the new dumpster)
  5. manually go through questions and retag the non-network related ones (8-10 of 30) to or as appropriate.

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I would think that most networking issues should probably go to Super User, but I'm all for replacing the lag tag with it when it's definitely a networking issue. I agree that and aren't helpful — a high ping is a symptom, not a problem, and not helpful as a tag.

seems too broad. I suppose the question is whether people often use [game-name] [technical-issues] to search for problems they have. is the same.

has about 30% questions closed, not a good indicator, and I don't think it's a useful tag. Shopping questions and comparisons are two common question types in that tag. Some need more specific tags, like or something. We have far too many "What should I consider?" questions that should be closed in favor of a single, canonical one. I've voted to close a bunch.

  • This isn't a panacea for bad tags, just a step in a cleaner direction though. I agree that [tech-issues] is also bad, but it's knowingly vague. What are your thoughts on my concrete proposal?
    – Nick T
    May 17, 2012 at 0:24
  • @NickT Definitely a step in the right direction. May 17, 2012 at 15:42

Yes, is misused. No, I don't think should go away. Questions likes this or this or this are fine and their tagging is just right.

So here's a counterproposal:

  1. I mass-retag to the more technical and less-known term without creating an automatic redirection from to . This kills and prevents automatic misuse of . I also kill the synonym from to .
  2. We go through all of these questions and remove from questions that just ask about performance issues in general.

I'm open to creating, after the fact, a synonym from and to or , given that 'lag' is just that generic. Lag's not necessarily about networking: there's input lag and display lag and whatnot. My hard drive makes me lag all the time in TF2. >:(


has long-since been removed, and today I removed the synonym which was still in place. Moving forward:

  • For general questions about Networks, use
  • For performance related questions, use
  • Isn't it misleading to have the tag network-performance as a synonym of the much broader tag performance, though?
    – Joachim
    Nov 18, 2019 at 13:51
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    @Joachim - The performance tag's description calls out network performance as being covered by it. It could be worth splitting out I guess, but that's how the tags are currently used. In the meantime what that synonym achieves is if someone starts typing "network" in the tag box, they will get tag suggestions for both [networking] and [performance] tags.
    – Robotnik Mod
    Nov 18, 2019 at 20:00

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