Another two synonymously used tags: All 4 questions tagged deal with (x67). In fact, except for one they are even tagged factory-reset additionally.

I'd suggest to merge those four questions into factory-reset, and optionally make hard-reset a synonym to factory-reset. Though Matthew may be correct that a "hard reset" originally might have referred to "hard reboot" (by removing the battery) -- everywhere I read about hard-resetting a device, the procedure decribed was in fact a factory reset.

Merging would be as easy as removing 3 tags from their respective questions, and just change a single one I guess ;)

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    Even if the usage is rare, I'm against merging. Matt's view on hard vs. factory reset (also mine): android.stackexchange.com/a/6423/15713
    – ce4
    Sep 10 '12 at 21:54
  • Edited the hard-reset tag wiki (and shamelessly copied parts of Matt's answer, ahem) :-) Maybe that helps.
    – ce4
    Sep 10 '12 at 22:01
  • Some discussion about it in the chat: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/6100395#6100395
    – ce4
    Sep 10 '12 at 22:20
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    Better to just remove "hard-reset" from those few questions and let it die.
    – ale
    Sep 11 '12 at 13:45

Nooooooo. They are not the same.

  • In that case, some of the hard-reset Qs are mis-tagged. Take a look at [Can we get rid of viruses by simply factory resetting the device? ](android.stackexchange.com/questions/26180) -- clearly speaks about nothing else than factory-rest. Same for How to hard/factory/whatever reset a 1.6 tablet whcih will not boot?. Makes half of them. The third is asking about "what's the difference between the two". So clearly to the ones who ask it seems to be the same ;)
    – Izzy Mod
    Sep 10 '12 at 23:44
  • Then re-tag them. You have the power.
    – ale
    Sep 11 '12 at 13:44
  • OK, will do. That leaves only two of them there. Not sure about the threshold that makes a "useful tag"...
    – Izzy Mod
    Sep 11 '12 at 14:41

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