and almost mean the same thing.

I say almost, because there may be some subtle differences. But I don't believe they are enough to keep the tags separated.
For example, a screencast may contain audio narration. But I think desktop recording may have that as well.
Also, one can argue that a screencast should be a recording of the whole screen, while desktop recording doesn't need to be. But I can't find any definition of either word which says that.

Currently, screencast has 101 questions, while desktop-recording has 54.

Maybe should be a synonym of but honestly, I'm not sure how the synonyms feature really works.

  • Seems reasonable as long as desktop recording is okay with fielding livestreaming questions. Commented Jul 11, 2018 at 2:39
  • Screencasting is a subset of desktop recording, so if anything, these should be merged into desktop-recording. Commented Jul 11, 2018 at 2:47
  • @TheWanderer why do you think that screencasting is a subset of desktop recording?
    – muru
    Commented Jul 11, 2018 at 5:36
  • Am with you, the difference is so subtle it does not help in making them different. Go here to add or support the one created right now askubuntu.com/tags/screencast/synonyms but makes total sense Dan. Commented Jul 11, 2018 at 16:14
  • @muru because screencasting involves recording your desktop (ie screen), just not necessarily saving that recording. Commented Jul 11, 2018 at 23:46
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    @TheWanderer then isn't screencasting more general than desktop-recording, and thus a superset?
    – muru
    Commented Jul 13, 2018 at 0:32
  • @LuisAlvarado unfortunately I don't currently have enough score on that tag to be able to vote on the synonym.
    – Dan
    Commented Jul 13, 2018 at 7:29

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For me, both are synonyms to be specific and not go around the bush. Anything mentioned about one will still land on the other one. What can both do:

  • Record small videos
  • Record long videos
  • Record parts of the desktop
  • Record specific windows on the desktop
  • Record video only
  • Record video and audio
  • Stream recording to 3rd party source
  • Live stream
  • Save in popular different formats
  • Compress raw recording
  • Some option that wants to be applied to one but not the other and then realize, wait a minute batman, this applies to the other one too
  • Realizing thanks to batman that both are the same thing.
  • So, can we have them synonymized in one direction or the other?
    – muru
    Commented Jul 20, 2018 at 1:22
  • Yeah. I see no problem there. I would actually just use the idea of which one was used more often as base to know which one would be the base. Commented Jul 20, 2018 at 2:14

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