I'm gonna leave this pretty short because its pretty self explanatory. Shortcuts was recently released by Apple on iOS 12. I think we need a tag. I have enough rep to create the tag, but a tag for "Shortcut" already exists. Can we please create this tag?

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    Wanted to bring this up anyway, thanks for the question. The "shortcut" tag currently is used for keyboard shortcuts, having both "shortcut" and "shortcuts" will probably confuse people. Let me do some quick analysis on their use, will add a proposal below.
    – nohillside Mod
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 12:35
  • In the meantime, can you add your proposal for excerpt/description of siri-shortcuts?
    – nohillside Mod
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 12:58

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Where are we coming from?

Currently we have

  • with 557 tagged questions, described as

Series of one or several keys that invoke some software/os action when triggered by the user

A Shortcut is a series of one or several keys that invoke some software/os action when triggered by the user. Common known keyboard shortcuts in Mac OS X are for example Command+Q fie quitting an application, Command+W for closing a window or Command+C for copying some data and Command+V for pasting the copied data.

A physical device with buttons that allow characters to be entered

The keyboard is a means of interacting with a device, whether it be using a combination of keys to execute an action (see ) or typing to produce sentences.

Some thoughts

  • seems mainly to be used to ask for keyboard shortcuts (also is often used together with ), covers both hardware and software/shortcut topics though. So just merging into will lead to a loss of granularity.
  • Given the multiple meanings of the term "shortcut(s)" having a generic tag with that name will lead to confusion and wrong usage (as nobody seems to read tag descriptions anyway)


Any comments, remarks, feedback?

  • Great idea. And thanks for background. Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 13:04
  • I’ll propose a second way to leave all these alone and make a new tag for iOS-shortcuts or shortcut.app - I’ll see if I can find any stupyle guide references to see how Apple describes these functions or in KB documentation.
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 22:41

My initial thoughts would be to leave the keyboard shortcuts alone and have or cover the workflow.app being renamed to shortcuts as an application you download from the iOS App Store. Since it intercepts intents from Apple and third party apps to become siri-shortcuts, the siri tag might work just fine for any voice command questions In conjunction with the app tag.

I think we might get better usage results with either .app or iOS- added to the word shortcuts.

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