Currently, is marked as a synonym of (See the related meta-post), and meanwhile exists by itself.

I think should be the top-level tag, with the other two as synonyms. Why?

  • Another name for a screenshot is screencap (short for capture)
  • They both deal with taking copies of what is currently on screen (one video, the other photos)
  • Screenshot is used for two different reasons currently:
    • As a meta-tag, and
    • As a how-to for different games and platforms - generally leading to the answer "Use X software, Y Hardware, or Z method" (very similar to current questions.

Changing screenshot to be under screen-capture would help mitigate it's use as a meta-tag, and allow requests for handling any type of screen recording/capture to fall under the same roof.

The top-level wiki excerpt could be something like:

Questions should use this tag when asking about methods of taking pictures and video in certain games or platforms

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I removed the redirect from to . It had a rename count of zero (although it probably doesn't mean much with the new tag editing interface) and didn't make sense.

As for I'm not sure there's much that can be done via tag renamings. If the tag's being misused, we'll just have to remove it from offending questions. As for your tag wiki excerpt, consider submitting it as a suggested edit.

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    +1. The screen-capture synonym as it existed made no sense, but combining the two makes even less sense, IMO. Recording gameplay video is a specific domain of expertise that deserves its own tag. Jul 12, 2013 at 11:39
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    Due to the ambiguity whether screen-capture means recording or screenshot, I propose either making both subtags synonyms of screen-capture (the difference is marginal after all), or blacklisting screen-capture in order to force users to clearly state which of the two they mean
    – Zommuter
    Jul 13, 2013 at 6:37
  • @Zommuter We can't blacklist tags. screen-capture is no longer a tag that exists, though.
    – badp
    Jul 13, 2013 at 9:20
  • @Zommuter - Your first point is exactly my suggestion :P
    – Robotnik Mod
    Jul 15, 2013 at 1:32

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