Related to Synonym request: [software-uninstall] to [uninstall]:

To help with choosing the right tag, between and maybe the tag description for should be changed?

Current description:

Questions about uninstalling software in Ubuntu, or uninstalling Ubuntu from a computer.

Suggested description:

Questions about uninstalling Ubuntu from a computer.

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    This makes sense - I've suggested edits to the tags. Mar 22, 2022 at 12:38
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    I agree with both NateT's and Zanna's answers. The uninstall tag serves no actual purpose and can cause more harm than good, so it should be merged with software-uninstall. Mar 22, 2022 at 17:22

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There is no need for a tag about uninstalling Ubuntu itself. One does not uninstall an operating system but simply installs over it or erases the disk.

Generally I use the tag rather than , but there is no reason for us to have both of these tags. I suggest keeping and making a synonym of it and merging them.

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    I agree, this would be the best solution...
    – Snostorp
    Mar 22, 2022 at 22:29

I've gotta say, I just looked at the related link, and I disagree with the consensus. Sure, is technically a more general category, but within the context of valid questions on AU, I am not so sure. Everything inside the OS is software.

Sure, there are a lot of instances of firmware/hardware questions that are within the AU scope, but firmware/hardware uninstall questions? I can't think of any, at least not any that are valid.

If appropriate use of a tag encourages poor questions (e.g. "uninstall the internet itself?" as in one of the linked page's comments, supposedly a real example??), isn't it doing more harm than good?

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