Some questions on Ask Different have a tag like , when they are talking about the software used on it, .

Should we comment to tell users about this, or just edit it?

Here are some more examples of having both hardware and software tags:

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The main issues here are that

  • the tag descriptions don't give enough guidance (if any at all) on how a tag should be used
  • most users don't really make a difference between the device (hardware) and the OS (software) ("I have a problem with my iPhone, not with iOS")

Unless you want to update all the relevant tag descriptions, update hundreds of questions and keep monitoring the site to ensure that new users use the proper tag I don't see how this is going to change. To be honest, I also don't see why this would be necessary as the current use of the tags more or less reflects what people are talking about if they have problems with their devices.

Also, from the tag description of :

iPhone is Apple's smartphone line. This tag can include questions about hardware, software and accessories.

so at least in this case, using for software problems is ok.

  • And there are IOS software issues that are specific to the iPhone so iPhone tag is needed for both software and hardware
    – mmmmmm
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 10:40

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