I direct your attention to the tag.

It's being used for questions on:

  • folders on the SD card/in the filesystem (you know, what we used to call "directories" until Microsoft brainwashed us)
  • folders on the home screen that can hold multiple app icons
  • email folders
  • file folders become albums in the Gallery app if there are image files within (and they're picked up by the media scanner)

That's a mess.

I think the fourth issue there can be ignored; I'll be removing that tag from the offending question in just a minute.

The third issue is also probably just something that needs cleanup. I mean, do we really need to have a tag for that wouldn't just be covered by ?

The first two issues, though, definitely require disambiguation. I would suggest for the second and either or for the first. I also think that, because it's unique to Android, that the tag should become a synonym of (after we clean up the existing questions, of course).

I'm not sold on the names; I'd be more than happy to hear alternatives. I do think needs to be cleaned up, though.

  • Completely agree with that. Names sound good to me.
    – Liam W
    Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 14:39
  • I agree, but think that it should be system-folders and not file-folders.
    – znewman
    Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 21:56
  • @ZnewmaN: I'm not married to either one. That's what tag synonyms are good for.
    – ale
    Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 0:51
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    folders should be unused now, but I didn't synonymize it with anything yet. Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 2:16
  • Well, as I said, I don't have particularly strong feelings about it, except that the existing tag wiki makes it related to file folders (or system folders if you prefer) and I am sure that the tag will come back in the not-too-distant future.
    – ale
    Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 22:14

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I agree with Al on and .

I also agree with not needing a separate tag for the mail folders (the tag should be sufficient here).

Number 4 (gallery) are in practice most likely filesystem folders (except when tags would be represented as folders). I don't think this would need a separate tag.

But I'm a bit unsure where a possible synonym "folders" should point to. If the mentioned brain-washing would not have taken place, I'd happily agree on Al's suggestion here as well; but even being a MS-abstainer I must admit: on hearing the term "folder", my first association are directories, followed by email folders, and only after that the homescreen folders -- so I'm unsure about that. One good thing about that synonym would be to save us from a tag with the same name reappearing, though :)


I think that tag should become a synonym of

And while it's generally not needed to blacklist a tag - the synonym option is often sufficient - it maybe worth considering blacklisting .

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