Many hardware questions are really improved by knowing the exact model but that is really hard to manage. It sure would be good to at least demarcate the huge hardware differences between a unibody portable and a non-unibody model.

The battery care and lifespans are drastically different. General assumptions on graphics, chipsets and motherboard features can be generalized better with more detail on the models.

Just a thought and a request to consider those tags to help the site.

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    Question: what kind of questions would be tagged only "unibody"? Or only "non-unibody"? Apr 22, 2011 at 13:44
  • It would really help a question about MacBook batteries. It would be obvious if it was removable or non-user servicable. If would help with glass trackpad, port locations, video out connector type, SD card slot availability just to name a few more differences.
    – bmike Mod
    Apr 22, 2011 at 18:00
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    Describing the issue should be in the question itself. Tags define and categorize the question, ie. question tagged "unibody" should be a question about the unibody, not e.g. battery. "macbook-unibody" could be an option, but are unibodies from 2008 and 2010 comparable? Should there be a "macbook-2010" tag? Or both? IMO just "unibody" is ambiguous and "non-unibody" plain wasteful. Apr 22, 2011 at 18:50
  • Yes - the unibodies are far more comparable than they are different. That's why having that one distinction adds much more value than simply tagging every hardware model that gets bumped yearly. Of course - I much prefer the exact details being added or edited, but the value of tags is to distill and categorize for easy searching and clarification.
    – bmike Mod
    Apr 25, 2011 at 14:52

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This question was asked before I realized tags are edited collaboratively by everyone that has reached a certain level and not something hard coded. I was going to close it, but leave that for someone else to decide. Perhaps others will have the same question as a newcomer to SE. I've known about the sites for a long time, but decided to step up and participate when an apple site was made.

I'll go through some of the best questions that I feel merit these tags and start tagging. We'll see where it goes based on the views of people that can edit and reassign tags...

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    I don't think these tags are a good idea. As koiyu correctly pointed out, a tag must be workable as the only tag on a question.. these are not. Apr 26, 2011 at 9:15
  • What? (and hey jeff) Where is this concept documented where tags should be the only workable in isolation. I don't see any objection to a tag "iOS 4.2.1" or "iOS 4.2" or "iOS 4" - why would you eliminate a specific tag just because other questions are better tagged with a more general tag.
    – bmike Mod
    May 2, 2011 at 23:01
  • I now see how bad the micro tags are 4.2.1 and 4.2 but didn’t appreciate how large and long tags are but a few years moderating showed me how little I knew about running these sites when I posted here. Thanks @JeffAtwood for the guidance here.
    – bmike Mod
    Mar 10, 2020 at 0:45

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