# These two tags could get [compressed]

Currently we have both:

• × 185 (19 asked this year)

the process in which a file or folder's size is reduced by using an algorithm to encode the same information using fewer bits.

• × 21 (1 asked this year)

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I think we can safely get rid of by retagging all questions with instead. Probably we should add a tag synonym like instead though, to prevent people from recreating that tag.

Opinions? I'd be happy to edit those 21 questions and change the tags if there's positive feedback, but I can't currently suggest synonyms on .

• IMO making synonyms would be better. Can we also consider mount and unmount as synonyms? – Kulfy May 13 '19 at 0:21
• @Kulfy mount/unmount should be a separate question. I would not want decompress at all though, compression/decompression makes a much better synonym pair as it's grammatically the same thing. – Byte Commander May 13 '19 at 0:24
• Should we consider the archive tag with this as well? – Dan May 13 '19 at 12:31
• @Dan No. "An archive file is a collection of files and directories that are stored in one file. The archive file is not compressed — it uses the same amount of disk space as all the individual files and directories combined. A compressed file is a collection of files and directories that are stored in one file and stored in a way that uses less disk space than all the individual files and directories combined." (taken from this page) – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy May 14 '19 at 2:23
• @ByteCommander zip and compress could be good synonyms to compression too. – ThunderBird May 14 '19 at 10:43
• @YufenyuyVeyehDider I don't think compress adds any value to compression - if you enter one the other will be suggested automatically. And I (personally) absolutely disagree with zip because then we would have to merge all other compression format tags like gzip, 7zip, rar etc too, which would make us lose information. – Byte Commander May 14 '19 at 11:29
• @ByteCommander I support your idea of a synonym pair compression / decompression because as you say, it will come up with any of several variants of the word compress then. – Bevan May 25 '19 at 8:40