Apparently the is used for both "remote-control" and "resistor-capacitor". I think we should do away with the ambiguous and use more explicit tags instead. For the first one looks like an obvious choice, but I'm having my doubts about . Keeping for this is not a good idea, because the quadcopters will also use it; I don't think the description excerpt is much read.

So, 1) incinerate and 2) find a good name for "resistor-capacitor".

  • \$\begingroup\$ I always thought it meant Regular Circuit as apposed to Integrated Circuit (IC). I guess we should file a Request for Consideration with the Research Committee. \$\endgroup\$ – Olin Lathrop Jul 23 '12 at 12:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think "passive components" (or just "passives") would do fine, otherwise we could end up with an exponentially increasing number of component combinations! \$\endgroup\$ – MikeJ-UK Jul 23 '12 at 13:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ I thought they were talking about the soda :) \$\endgroup\$ – W5VO Jul 23 '12 at 14:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Do we have numbers on how many of those questions are resistor-capacitor and how many are remote-control? \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 24 '12 at 9:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk - No, but we will in a while :-). I'll report back. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 24 '12 at 9:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ Just makes a difference in what I need to do behind the scenes to possibly make some of this easier. Thanks for figuring it out for me :) \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 24 '12 at 9:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk - 12 resistor-capacitor, 20 remote control (all of them toys, so nothing about rc-5 or so. May be relevant). BTW , half of the RC-5 questions are tagged "ir" instead. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 24 '12 at 10:01

Posting as an answer so we can see how much support there is for this. (you can't downvote a comment. Not that this would be an invitation for downvotes! :-))

I would suggest for the resistor-capacitor. Applies to a number of existing questions too, like this typical one.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm fine with "passives" or "passive networks", but how are new users to this site going to think of looking for those? "RC" or "resistor" and "capacitor" would make sense from their point of view, and they wouldn't go looking for "passives" or maybe not even know what that means. \$\endgroup\$ – Olin Lathrop Jul 23 '12 at 17:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Olin - I agree, and it's a general problem. Last week I had to edit a question about a relay module with 4 tags, but "relay" was not one of them. That's where the incineration comes in. Blacklist a tag, and they will have to think further. Maybe we need a heuristic system which can propose tags based on terms appearing in the question. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 23 '12 at 17:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ Having a 'rc' tag for RC circuits (resistor capacitor) is not surprising giving that all the books talk about "RC" circuits (and LR, CL too). How about "rc-circuit"? I find the tag for that kind of circuits useful. \$\endgroup\$ – Trygve Laugstøl Jul 23 '12 at 21:34

As a self confessed misambiguist (sorry, someone just had to invent that word :) I totally agree. sounds fine and is preferable to in my opinion since it is more general.

For the same reason, I would suggest or just for questions relating to resistor/capacitor networks.

  • \$\begingroup\$ "passives" is good enough for me, the components aren't needed AKAIC. Oddly enough, neither of them exists yet. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 23 '12 at 14:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ Or maybe "passive-networks"? We have a tag for resistors and a few capacitors already. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 23 '12 at 14:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ @stevenvh - that sounds OK to me. I didn't realize we had so many capacitor tags. A question relating to "aluminium electrolytic decoupling capacitors" could get 4 tags!! (by the way, AKAIC??). \$\endgroup\$ – MikeJ-UK Jul 23 '12 at 14:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ As Kar :-) As I'm Concerned. You must have heard it before ;-) \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 23 '12 at 14:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @stevenvh - Just spent 5 minutes googling it. Feel like a right idiot now :( \$\endgroup\$ – MikeJ-UK Jul 23 '12 at 14:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sorry pal!...... \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 23 '12 at 14:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ The main concern that I have with using remote-control as a synonym for radio-control is that you start mixing toy car questions with television questions. Not the end of the world, but I would prefer some more discussion on that topic. \$\endgroup\$ – W5VO Jul 23 '12 at 16:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @W5VO - You have a valid point. I was thinking in terms of trying to reduce the profusion of tags but since there are many car type questions, it is probably better to keep them separate. \$\endgroup\$ – MikeJ-UK Jul 23 '12 at 17:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ @W5VO - What about using the "remote-control" as general tag, and "WiFi" to further specify? \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 23 '12 at 18:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @stevenvh So what would the second tag be for the 27 MHz dedicated RC stuff? I don't have a good answer for that... They use various modulation schemes and there are multiple bands. Would you tag TV remotes "remote-control" and "infrared"? \$\endgroup\$ – W5VO Jul 24 '12 at 5:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ @W5VO - I guess you're right. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 24 '12 at 6:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ That whole discussion probably deserves its own question, first we have to deal with RC. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Jul 24 '12 at 9:31

Okay, multifaceted approach here. Some of this might need to be updated later when we verify what we want to do with the tags that RC turn into.

Manual Edit of Passive-Networks

Edit in for the questions which this fits. After this edit, we can make a nice tag wiki for . This might not be the long term solution but was suggest and can be merged if we want to change the name later.

Synonym made from RC to Remote-Control

Currently remote control usage is more common, so I suggest this as our synonym. We need to write a long clear tag wiki for RC which suggest if they are using resistor-capacitor.

We watch and see if we continue having issues with the wrong usage of this tag, in which case we can attempt a possible black list but I have a feeling this will clear it up.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I changed the resistor-capacitors into passive-networks. 20 rc remaining. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Aug 4 '12 at 14:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @stevenvh You might want to pretty up the tag wikis, I am heading to work. I have a couple synonyms you have suggested that might be worthy of posts also. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Aug 4 '12 at 14:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Since rc is now a synonym for remote-control I can't access it anymore; I'm automagically redirected to remote-control. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Aug 4 '12 at 15:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ @stevenvh It automatically populates remote-control as the first option with RC and says at the bottom: "also: rc" \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Aug 4 '12 at 17:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ OK, I thought you wanted an excerpt for "rc", but I understand it takes care of itself. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Aug 4 '12 at 17:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @stevenvh I did not know the function well enough to know this would happen before now. We are both learning together. It looks like a good Remote-control except and wiki should get the job done, also one for passive-network if you have time. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Aug 4 '12 at 17:15

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