I created a tag [windows-alternative] to describe a question where the OP is looking for an OS X alternative to an application that is Windows-only. It doesn't feel quite right though, maybe someone has a suggestion for better tag to describe these types of posts?

FWIW, I also think that for these types of questions, this tag should be used instead of [osx], since it's implicit that the poster is looking for an osx application

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What about [software-recommendation] instead?

Of note, there used to be some concern over the length of the tag last year - I'm not sure what lists Jeff is referring to.

  • same here, nice... editing the tags to use that instead. Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 6:04
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    /flame-vest-on: I did however use [software-recommendation] rather than [software-rec]. I know that's not the same as superuser, but since it's within the range of chars allowed, I figured it was better to be as specific as possible. /flame-vest-off.... if others think that's stupid, feel free to edit :P Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 6:10
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    @calavera: I wonder why SU used [software-rec] instead of the full name? Using the shortened name always looked odd. Nice job. Edited to reflect this.
    – Chealion
    Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 6:17
  • Reverted edits to change it to [software-rec] back to [software-recommendation]
    – Chealion
    Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 3:36
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    Jeff thinks that the "recommendation" part is too long. Plus these kind of questions aren't what he wants to see on these sites... due to them being "list of x" type questions. He may rename the tag in the future, so just be warned. There are several threads about this on the meta.webapps.stackexchange.com site. Here's one to get you started.
    – Senseful
    Commented Aug 25, 2010 at 4:08

Maybe [osx-apps] or [osx-application] ? I'm not sold on [windows-alternative] as I feel it's a bit generic, though so are the other two I mentioned.

  • you helped me figure out why [windows-alternative] doesn't feel right... to me it's actually too specific rather than generic. If someone is asking for a software recommendation I guess it doesn't really matter whether they want an alternative to a windows app or something that just popped into their head. Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 6:03

I know I'm a bit late, but if you're concern about the length of the tag, why not try :

[software-advice]       # I prefer this one.


  • I'm not concerned about the length of the tag... it auto-fills for you so no one should ever have to type the entire tag anyway. Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 16:35
  • I'm saying this as a complement about the last edition of Chealion referring to comment of Jeff on this meta.superuser.com/questions/171
    – Studer
    Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 17:52
  • Understood. I think if the super-super-user's like Jeff don't like the tag, they are obviously free to change it to whatever they like. Personally I like the explicit nature of the software-recommendation tag, but if the powers that be want to change it, I'd rather they follow the superuser precedent and switch it back to software-rec. Commented Aug 25, 2010 at 17:39

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