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Following up on this discussion about tags and this discussion about tags to be deleted, I am setting up this question as a list of tags that should be merged. Users can add tags to be merged to the question, and Admins can remove them after they have been merged, or decided to be kept.

Reasons for merging a tag:

  • The tag is too specific, or focuses on a small subset of the problem
  • Other questions would not be able to use it.
  • The tag is a close match for another tag (e.g. desolder, desoldering, de-solder)

Tags to be merged:

0402, 0603, 0805, surfacemount, msop -> smd
ccsv4 -> ccs
7805, 78xx -> voltage-regulator
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  • \$\begingroup\$ 0402, 0603, 0805, msop, smd -> surfacemount is better, I think. And the synonym system is better than merging tags. \$\endgroup\$ – endolith Dec 15 '10 at 22:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @endolith agreed \$\endgroup\$ – Kellenjb Dec 16 '10 at 4:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @endolith, I can merge tags to allow a currently less used tag to become the master tag when you add a synonym. I explained this to @W5VO. He does not have 1500 rep, so he cannot do synonyms yet. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Dec 16 '10 at 16:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @endolith, you also made a synonym of surfacemount to smd. I have cleaned it up, they all go to surface-mount now. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Dec 16 '10 at 16:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, smd was more common so I didn't have a choice. \$\endgroup\$ – endolith Dec 16 '10 at 16:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @endolith, I remembered! \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Dec 18 '10 at 16:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ Hi. I haven't received any reaction to my request, does this mean that it's not valid or it was just not noticed? I'm not sure if I should have created a question instead of posting an answer here. \$\endgroup\$ – alexan_e Jan 10 '14 at 9:50
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I2C and TWI should be merged, they are the same thing with a different non patented name

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%C2%B2C#Derivative_technologies

TWI (Two Wire Interface) or TWSI (Two-Wire Serial Interface) is essentially the same bus implemented on various system-on-chip processors from Atmel and other vendors.[9] Vendors use the name TWI, even though I²C is not a registered trademark. Trademark protection only exists for the respective logo (See upper right corner) and patents on I²C have now lapsed.

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Should all be the same ([sd] or [secure-digital]...). Maybe add [mini-sd], [minisd], [micro-sd] or whatever as synonyms for completeness.

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Debugging and Debug should probably be merged/synonyms.

Question is, does an ICD fit into these at all?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I just came here to post about the same ones. To me, they pertain only to software or debuggers specifically, not general hardware problems, as in this post. What about making [Debugging] and [Debug] synonyms, and using [Debugger] separately? (Also making [In-Circuit-Debugger], [In-Circuit-Debugging], and [ICD] synonyms; maybe merging [JTAG] in a few months if it is relatively unused.) \$\endgroup\$ – tyblu Dec 21 '10 at 9:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ I feel that [debug] -> [debugging], and that should be a software/programming task. I would like to make [troubleshooting] refer to strictly hardware issues. I think that distinction between hardware and software is significant for the techniques used. \$\endgroup\$ – W5VO Dec 21 '10 at 9:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk feels debug & debugging apply to hardware as well as software. Maybe we can leave them separate from troubleshooting for the time being, then see how the community uses them to choose the successor. I think debugwire can be made a synonym of debugger; they are both used. \$\endgroup\$ – tyblu Dec 21 '10 at 22:09
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Level-Shifter Voltage-Shifter seem like the same.

Bidirectional seems rather vague.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ [bidirectional] could be deleted, IMO. I agree on the shifting. [voltage] may have a place by itself, though. What do you think? \$\endgroup\$ – tyblu Dec 21 '10 at 22:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/546/… That question used voltage where it should be voltage-shifter. \$\endgroup\$ – Kellenjb Dec 21 '10 at 23:25
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tqfp and qfp should probably be merged/synonymed/deleted. QFP has no questions, tqfp has three. Should they be merged into [surface-mount]? It's a hard call, some packages (like DIP or BGA) are specific enough that they deserve their own tag, others not so much (0402/0603/0805 etc. Sadly, [IEC-60115-8] just doesn't quite roll off the tongue).

Also, [max] [msp] (2 tags) and [msp430] should get some attention. MAX/MSP apparently has something to do with Arduino programming, and some questions are being mistagged with combinations of these three.

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capacitance capacitive capacitor

either need merging or they need tag wikis to differentiate them

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I think they should all fall under capacitor. Could a mod take a look at it? \$\endgroup\$ – W5VO Sep 30 '11 at 20:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure they all should be combined. Questions about parasitic capacitance shouldn't really be tagged capacitor? I think of "capacitor" as a physical component, and "capacitance" as a property that lots of things have. \$\endgroup\$ – endolith Sep 30 '11 at 20:44
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resolved

weird tag: Arduino-Shield. I'm not sure what it really means, if anything. Can we just get rid of it? There are a zillion different shields.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Probably makes sense, especially given that most shields are totally unrelated apart from being Arduino compatible...so the question should be tagged as such anyways. Maybe make it a synonym for [arduino] \$\endgroup\$ – Nick T Dec 18 '10 at 7:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ @nickt, @tyblu, doe an arduino-mega to arduino synonym make sense also? \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Dec 18 '10 at 16:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk, I'm not sure. I haven't looked into the Arduino scene (it is a scene!). I believe the vast majority of them use the ATmega series, but I know the "Netduino" uses an ARM. It seems like a "clone"; ie: not part of the Arduino company. \$\endgroup\$ – tyblu Dec 18 '10 at 16:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ I am making the synonym as all questions with arduino-mega have arduino also. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Dec 18 '10 at 16:24
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can (x64) and canbus (x3) should be merged, they both refer to the same thing.

canbus should be a synonym of can

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I have made the synonym \$\endgroup\$ – W5VO Feb 7 '14 at 22:23
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I made a new tag a few days ago: [programmable-logic]. I figured CPLDs and other PLDs, including PALs, would fit in this category, but not FPGAs due to frequency of use and fundamental IC differences. Since then [PAL] and [CPLD] tags have been made. Do we merge, synonym, forget, or delete?

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