sysadmin has ~300 questions and system-administration ~20

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In my humble opinion the should be obliterated, and blacklisted. They seem like a meaningless meta-tag to me. If a question on SF isn't about system-administration/sysadmin then it is most likely off-topic.

I think we even discussed this before, and the consensus was to remove them, but nobody with the moderator access needed to do them all at once did it, but I can't find the post.

  • Have to agree. These tags ought to be redundant on this site.
    – Rob Moir
    Nov 2, 2010 at 13:28
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    +1 Re-reading the FAQ, in particular the part about who SF is intended for, I have to agree. Nov 2, 2010 at 22:11
  • I wonder if the discussion was back in the only-one-meta days; I'll see if I can find it on SO's meta. Nov 5, 2010 at 13:55

When these things come up, sometimes I go to SO to see if if I can find analogous situations. Then I try to think of a justification.

Program, code, coding. This may be a larger question of, "Do we want to hunt down and kill redundant tags, or are some tags almost necessary because they represent a massive subsection of questions?"

(trying to play devil's advocate here) It might be useful to divide all SO questions into at least one major category: coding, scripting, version-control, etc. Which could imply that SF questions should always belong to either server mgmt, desktop mgmt, network mgmt, documentation (applies to both), etc.

I suppose that would make me lean more toward a merge than eradication. Sysadmin is such a loaded and nonspecific term, I'd probably synonym it to system-administration, which is at least a (possibly) manageable definition. Provided we could all someday agree on whether a "system" is a desktop and/or server and/or network and/or any "group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole".

This is where the SO analogies break down. It feels like they actually have more self-defining terms upon which they can agree (a statement I'll guess they'd find pretty humorous).

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