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)

    no description

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
    Commented May 13, 2019 at 0:21
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    @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 Mod
    Commented May 13, 2019 at 0:24
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    Should we consider the archive tag with this as well?
    – Dan
    Commented May 13, 2019 at 12:31
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    @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) Commented May 14, 2019 at 2:23
  • @ByteCommander zip and compress could be good synonyms to compression too. Commented May 14, 2019 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 Mod
    Commented May 14, 2019 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
    Commented May 25, 2019 at 8:40

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As I now got elected as a moderator since I suggested this, and the community feedback was overall positive, I just carried the proposed changes out myself.

  1. no longer exists, I renamed it to .

  2. is now a synonym for . All searches for this tag will now redirect to the master tag, and you will also see the master tag as suggestion when you want to tag a question.

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