Many people come here asking about something related to a hardware random number generator (HRNG), sometimes called "a true random number generator".

A few people post questions related to pseudo-random number generator (PRNG), often a linear-feedback shift register (LFSR) (a).

What is a good tag for questions about HRNG, PRNG, or LFSR?

Currently some questions about generating random numbers (b) use the "" tag, or the "" tag. Should we mention in the tag description that the tag also applies to random number generators, or is there a better tag that we could use?

If no good tag exists yet for these kinds of questions, I propose a "" tag to cover both HRNG and PRNG.

  • \$\begingroup\$ "random number" is clear, concise and not encumbered with domain specific language that a neophyte would not be able to find like LFSR. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 1, 2013 at 16:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @rawbrawb but HRNG could have a tag explaining it and hardwareRandom or some such as a synonym. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Oct 1, 2013 at 18:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sounds like you write up an answer ... ;) \$\endgroup\$ Oct 2, 2013 at 0:13

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I second the "random-number" tag proposition. It will be obvious that it's about generating them.

I think that the "generator" and "function-generator" tags you mention should be removed those questions. "Generator" refers to generating electric power, and "function-generator" generates electrical signals.


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