I noticed this today and wasn't sure if a Meta question was needed or not. Not sure on the procedure/care for consolidating tags such as this.

permissions tags

It would seem to me that we could combine permissions, file-permissions, user-permissions, directory-permissions, and permission into one (possibly even throwing database-permissions into it as well since there are only 16).

Again, not sure which ones should/shouldn't be combined together or all of them, but seems like the explanation under permissions stating:

Questions related to permissions or access rights for operating systems, filesystems, servers, or network devices

pretty much covers all of these in one.

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and can get combined.


questions had nothing to do with DB permissions....

Not so sure about combining and

Seems like overlap, but they have a fair amount of individual use.

  • I concur. No real difference between directory and file perms, just different philosophy.
    – Travis
    Commented Jun 27, 2013 at 16:34
  • "Permissions" is a pretty ambiguous tag -- probably worth an audit to see if they always mean file/directory permissions or someone is incorrectly using it for (e.g.) SELinux or BSD-MAC "permissions"
    – voretaq7
    Commented Jun 27, 2013 at 17:28
  • Permissions and file-permissions are indeed different. Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 3:20
  • They should be different tags, but that's about 1/4 overlap. So obviously they're conflated in some/many questions, but not others... probably something that has to be fixed manually (if at all)
    – Chris S
    Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 13:47

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