Today I untagged the one and only question with the newly created tag with the usual destructive intent.

Someone in chat told me I shouldn't have done that, and someone else noticed that all the questions we have about GNOME Boxes are tagged

Here they are, look.

A cursory glance took in one post there that does not belong - it's just randomly about boxes of some kind.

Since is a vague tag with the potential to be used inconsistently, shouldn't these questions be retagged, well, ?

  • That one post that doesn't belong talks about fonts not being properly decoded, so characters show up as squares ( or in their words - boxes ), so that one definitely is tagged incorrectly as far as gnome-boxes go, which is for virtualization Mar 15, 2017 at 22:32

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I agree with you that makes more sense than .

Questions with both and as tags probably can be retagged with just .

There are also some posts mentioning "gnome boxes" and we should check which of those questions need this new tag and add them where necessary.

And we also need a shiny new tag wiki for the new tag. :)

  • :) It's done, although the wiki could use some work
    – Zanna Mod
    Mar 17, 2017 at 4:37

I think Boxes is OK since this is a site for Ubuntu and the Application is called this way, gnome-boxes is the name of the software package. In everyday use the user will have to remind is called Boxes to launch it.

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    GNOME Terminal is also called "Terminal". That'd be a fun tag. And the actual command is, as with gnome-terminal, gnome-boxes
    – muru
    Mar 16, 2017 at 3:13
  • @muru I get your point but it is just related to invoking from commands, I'm on launching applications
    – userDepth
    Mar 16, 2017 at 3:20
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    are you saying typing GNOME Boxes in the dash doesn't show the app?
    – muru
    Mar 16, 2017 at 3:21
  • No, but boxes works when Gnome boxes may be an user friendly feature. As per the .desktop entry I think Boxes is the way to launch it from the dash
    – userDepth
    Mar 16, 2017 at 3:28
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    it's for the same reason that GNOME Terminal also works, they know that when using a generic word like boxes or terminal, somebody else may also use the same word for a different application.
    – muru
    Mar 16, 2017 at 3:31
  • I haven't got the need of having more than one terminal, let's wait until this generic names like Windows and Photoshop disappear for ambiguity to disappear. Happy llamas
    – userDepth
    Mar 16, 2017 at 3:37
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    @userDepth You may not, but users of Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Kubuntu, etc, all have different terminal applications.
    – Seth
    Mar 16, 2017 at 4:20

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