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Recently I noticed many of the questions in the [dwarf-fortress] tag had been re-tagged to add [pc]. (List)

This doesn't cause a problem, but it seems a little silly, especially since the current release of DF is multi-platform (windows, mac, and linux).

Shouldn't we just leave questions alone that don't really involve a particular platform, or should we aim for tagging everything possible.


Related: Mandatory Platform Tag

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    Sorry about that, that's my fault. I absent-mindedly forgot that PC means a computer running Windows, since I tend to associate the term with a computer running any OS for some reason. Also, I was retagging because I agree with meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/50/… 's second answer. – Mana Jul 27 '10 at 14:00
  • @Mana You probably associate that because "PC" can stand for "personal computer" in the sense of "the computer that I own". We may eventually need a better tag for "computer games". – Grace Note Jul 27 '10 at 14:31
  • @Grace I've though of PC being Personal Computer since the 90s (when I used Mac OS 7). – tzenes Jul 27 '10 at 15:13
  • @Grace @tzenes I like that definition better, but unfortunately MS has cornered that term. – C. Ross Jul 27 '10 at 16:40
  • @tzenes ping ♪ because only one comment reply works at a time – Grace Note Jul 27 '10 at 17:06
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    Really @Grace? Didn't know that... so many multiple notification I tried to send in the past and now I know they didn't reach the recipient... sigh... poor little things – juan Jul 27 '10 at 18:13
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    I don't think MS cornered the term as much as Apple distanced themselves from it (and the PowerPC). Also, love the note @Grace – tzenes Jul 28 '10 at 6:34
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Shouldn't we just leave questions alone that don't really involve a particular platform, or should we aim for tagging everything possible.

My opinion is: Leave questions alone that don't really involve a particular platform (it would be wrong to tag them with one if it applies also to others)

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  • So what do you suggest when we stumble upon questions tagged with a platform although it's irrelevant? Removing or leaving as is? I still somehow hope the implicit tagging idea will be accepted to help both points of view in that tagging question – Zommuter Jul 29 '10 at 9:04
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Wait a second, you mean a PC running Linux or Mac is not a PC? The tag isn't [windows]. I don't see the problem.

The correct tag is [pc] because that's the platform. It's [pc] as in "not a [ps3]", not [pc] as in "not a [mac]".

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    badp, I agree it should be that way, but it's not the way people use it. When people say a "I got this great game for PC" they mean Windows, they'll say Mac or Linux when they mean that. Should we have a [Windows] tag for the 95% of personal computer games that are Windows only? – C. Ross Jul 28 '10 at 12:24
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    No, we should have a [pc] tag for the 100% of personal computer games. :) – badp Jul 28 '10 at 13:07

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