We have tags for individual device manufacturers. This makes sense because there is the occasional question that covers multiple/all devices from the same manufacturer.

However, they are often abused and misapplied.

  • There's not a tag for the asker's specific device
  • The asker didn't see that there is a device-specific tag
  • At least one tag is required, so the asker had to add something
  • etc.

You can help by looking through the questions with these manufacturer tags and

  • replacing it with a model-specific tag where it makes sense
    • remember: most Android issues are not model-specific; unless it's clear that it's an issue with a specific model don't use the tag
  • removing the tag if the question is not about the manufacturer in general
  • confirming that it really belongs

Here are the tags with their current question counts

Currently unused, but to keep in mind for future checks (picked from existing tags starting with those names):

See also:

  • I'd say this is a task to repeat in intervals, and we should probably include other manufacturers as well. I just went over "htc to huawei" now, ad did a big roundhouse-kick (re-tagging to the real device, or removing the manufacturer tag completely if unrelated to the issue). Feel free to add more manufacturers for the next run :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 8:26
  • @Izzy: I agree. What manufacturers should be added?
    – ale
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 12:14
  • Guess you already covered the major ones. For completeness, there's e.g. <del>Sony</del> (has no tag, oops). And, even though not (directly) a device manufacturer, "google" has a similar issue (being used as fallback for everything), so I would include that tag as well. // Let me add some more manufacturers meanwhile; if you disagree with "google", simply remove it afterwards :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 12:31
  • Well, Google's going to be a special case. It's a manufacturer (sort of), an app developer, and the owner of Android. Virtually every question tagged with google should be retagged with something more specific. Perhaps that's a separate tag cleanup project.
    – ale
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 12:40
  • Feel free to edit/move. I feel it a good idea to have everything in one place, as the task is re-occuring regularly (say, we should check every 3 months or the like).
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 12:53
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    @Izzy: I moved the carriers to their own cleanup question.
    – ale
    Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 16:02
  • Good point you linked there. So we can keep this as "master ticket" :) Maybe we should do the same for the "currently unused" watchlist?
    – Izzy Mod
    Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 16:17


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