All of the newest questions in the tag refer to the new Apple Photos application. refers to the same thing. Could someone with enough reputation please make be a synonym of to group these together?

Admittedly, some older threads are about Aperture or iPhoto, but Apple is the one to have introduced the confusing naming, and Apple Photos does represent the successor application.

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From the tags page:

photos x 590

Photographs and photography


photos.app x 81

The Apple photo manager and editor and successor to iPhoto and Aperture. Introduced in 2015.

Making photos a synonym of photos.app has the potential to mis-tag 590 questions now. Questions that pre-date the existence of the Photos app from Apple and have nothing to do with the tool.

Our convention has been to use .app on tags to denote the Apple product with the noun.

Violating this convention in this particular case does not, in my opinion, sound like a good idea.

  • Please see my new suggestion (entered as it's own possible answer).
    – Dan Kohn
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 18:07
  • @dankohn I considered this as well, but I think the harm in linking all photos posts to photos app outweighs the benefits of having people continually mis-tagging posts. Over time, I believe people will get the difference and only tag things photos.app when it's about that app specifically and use the generic tag in most cases.
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 18:24
  • @bmike You have too good a view of people - I think most will just hit the first tag that matches e.g. photo - using photography will force them to make a choice. Most people seem not to spend time learning conventions - in general in computing I jayvee found that conventions work only when backed up with tools or processes to enforce them
    – mmmmmm
    Commented May 1, 2015 at 9:09
  • @Mark I was vague - the people that will care are the editors that make the majority of the edits here. No one will change most of the wrong uses, but when a question gets lots of views, that detail will bug someone so much that they make the change and all the high quality/high vote questions about photos.app will get tagged correctly. (IMO of course ;-)
    – bmike Mod
    Commented May 1, 2015 at 14:35
  • See this edit apple.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/106228 everything correct but Photos.app
    – mmmmmm
    Commented May 1, 2015 at 17:06

Based on Ian C.'s response:

Would it be possible to rename to and then create a new tag that was a synonym to ? That would:

  1. Continue the convention of using '.app' for Apple products.
  2. Maintain existing and future photography-related questions with their own tag, that does not conflict with the name of a (new) Apple product.
  3. Enable most new contributors who are likely to just enter to (via a synonym) get their questions tagged correctly.

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