We have the tags (x11) and (x3). Quite obviously, the latter leads to some confusion: while some take it as a synonym to monitoring, others take it to refer to a computer monitor.

I already re-tagged the ones referring to monitoring (process), which leaves those referring to a monitor (device).

Suggestion: Renaming monitor to external-monitor.

Hopefully this should be enough to avoid the confusion. As tag selection involves some "auto-complete" feature, people should be able to distinguish the two. Optionally, we could of course make monitor a synonym to... what? I'd better refrain from that, as it would re-introduce above described confusion. So, only rename the tag?


We already had so I merged into it and created an synonym.

I think needs some work though, it's too vague — there are lots of unrelated things that you can monitor. If everything is referring to process monitoring, perhaps we should rename the tag to ?

  • Maybe I was a little ambiguous in my reference here: I didn't mean everything is process-orientated there, what I meant was "hardware" (monitor=display) versus the "process of monitoring" (not restricted to the monitoring of processes). And with just 11 questions being tagged monitoring, I don't think we currently need more specific tags for this. Thanx for the other merge -- I didn't know we already had external-display... – Izzy Feb 10 '13 at 22:32
  • @Izzy No, I wasn't confused by what you said, but I do think we need to split monitoring or perhaps remove it entirely. – Matthew Read Feb 11 '13 at 2:46
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    If you remove it, I guess it will re-appear. I guess in a while we may have use for differentiation like cpu-monitoring, data-monitoring, process-monitoring, ressource-monitoring, etc. Currently it is hard to say which of those make most sense, IMHO. I will meanwhile add a tag wiki to make clear what it is about. – Izzy Feb 11 '13 at 7:04
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    Frankly, I think "monitoring" isn't a very useful tag. Using it for three or four different types of "monitoring" won't clarify anything. If you want to ask a question about monitoring your CPU, tag it with cpu. Data monitoring seems to be covered under data-monitor and data-traffic. – ale Feb 11 '13 at 13:58

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