Proper tagging for questions, use this to determine a baseline format for tags.

Mac OS X => [osx] for example.

All tags should be lowercase, case doesn't matter. Dashes - are used instead of spaces, so [mac-mini]. That could also be just [mini] if we prefer.

Propose tags, making sure to include a general description and why you feel this is the proper "tag" for this.


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FileVault 1 and 2: should we have tags [filevault-1] and [filevault-2] for the two different technologies?

Considering the potential for complication, I created a separate question for that.



Proposed and created during discussion in Ask Different Chat. Seeing this question now, I realise that process might have been sidestepped, but this particular tag seems non-contentious.

Under Creation of wiki tags there's a link to the tag wiki entry.



Quick Look in Finder

Apple (United Kingdom) — Pro — Tips — Make the Most of Quick Look

QuickLook — one word — is an abbreviation sometimes, not always, used for developers (example: QuickLook Changes) but the more common expression, in Finder and elsewhere, is two words:

  • Quick Look

=> or a synonym

Forgetting that I recently gained reputation to create tags, I added tags to What's the advantage of buying an iMac over building a Hackintosh? (expected the system to respond that there's no such tag; only after the edition was submitted did I remember that I had the privilege to create). Sorry — it wasn't intended to jump the gun without discussion. After making this post I waved a flag in Ask Different Chat.


Can one ask Hackintosh questions on Ask Different?



  • remove both tags (and I'll remember to not re-use either one until after the meta question above is answered); or

  • allow one tag, make the other a synonym.

From my point of view, absolutely no rush.


For what it's worth, in Wikipedia there's a proposal to merge hackintosh into OSx86.

Of the two pages, the page for OSx86 is vastly more fleshy, and (like Can one ask Hackintosh questions on Ask Different?) includes coverage of legal issues and Apple objections. In Ask Different tag info for OSx86, we could simply refer to the Wikipedia page, and so help to avoid excessive chat in Stack Exchange. So of the two tags, my preference would be osx86.

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    Our FAQ specifically excludes questions about running Apple operating systems on non-Apple hardware (i.e. "Hackintoshes"). To that end, I'd like to avoid having those tags - if people saw them they might, without having checked the FAQ, assume that they were on-topic. Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 10:18
  • @Kyle +1 (and my tagging change to apple.stackexchange.com/q/8392/8546 has been rolled back, +1). Familiar with FAQ but I wasn't sure whether the "fleshing out" answer to meta question meta.apple.stackexchange.com/q/2/8546 meant that an answer to FAQ might be subject to change … Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 11:58

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