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.

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 '12 at 0:24
  • @NickT Definitely a step in the right direction. – Matthew Read May 17 '12 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. >:(

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