I would like to merge into .
A good ~90% (at a glance) of the ~500 questions tagged are about .
The other ~10% are about things like or .

Obviously if you think this is a silly idea, make it known quickly, but failing that, I would appreciate some help scanning through the current questions to make sure questions that aren't about have appropriate tags before the merge.

I don't expect (or want) anybody to go through 500 questions but there is a lot of low-hanging fruit that the search function makes easy to identify. You still need to check (because not all of these will apply).

There are probably other searches that identify good candidates. Add them to the list.

And again, unless it desperately needs other editing, if it's about data recovery, just leave it.
The tag merge will deal with these without bumping them up to the front page.

First question I looked at from the second list was about recovery partitions (eg bootable install media that OEMs stick on their disks). I'm not sure how we tag those.

  • How do we tag this - guy wants to recover files, but disk isn't damaged etc. Password recovery is secondary (maybe not even needed).
    – muru
    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:29
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    @muru That sort of seems like both data-recovery and password-recovery. No reason they can't both apply.
    – Oli Mod
    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:53
  • Finally, is the first time I see a post like this in the CB.
    – Braiam
    Sep 22, 2014 at 14:52
  • Oh, btw, these post would love also votes, any kind of votes, up, down, close, delete, etc. which is something mentioned everywhere but somehow everyone forgets.
    – Braiam
    Sep 22, 2014 at 14:54
  • @Oli You're a mod. You can do whatever you want, remember?
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Sep 22, 2014 at 23:58
  • @Whaaaaaatare you saying? he is not as powerful as the whole of a bunch of people. Even with his impressive amount of reputation he isn't using askubuntu in god mode, only admin mode. There are some things you just can't do even with everything unlocked, otherwise we'd have one person get 1 million rep somewhere and wreak havoc or turn it into some dictatorship or something.
    – sbergeron
    Sep 23, 2014 at 21:09
  • @Whaaaaaat this can't be done by automated tools, since the tag is used indistinctly for many things. Manual disambiguation is needed.
    – Braiam
    Sep 24, 2014 at 23:06

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Got the linked lists under 20 posts each (and those were about data recovery). Still a few outliers in the main bunch but it was never going to be perfect.

Ding. Dong. The recovery tag is dead.

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