Shouldn't those two tags be kept distinct?
I strongly agree with Flimm on keeping them distinct.
My opinion on mobile is that it's overly broad and ambiguous being a general adjective. That being another discussion, see this: Can we please disambiguate or discourage the 'mobile' tag?
A specific tag like ubuntu-for-phones is a lot more self-descriptive and much less likely to be used erroneously. Especially for new users. I'm not saying this is a good tag name, though.
Clearly, this is likely to result in a lot of retagging work ahead in reviewing questions if we would merge them. This is not gonna be fun and may discourage people from reviewing. Now is the time to prevent that from happening.
Other supporting arguments against merging:
- Canonical's ambitions are huge on this product. If Landscape, Ubuntu One and MAAS deserve their own tag, then it does not make sense to me if 'Ubuntu for phones' would not.
- We can merge later. IMHO just one more tag is very harmless as it can be merged later if we decide to do so.
- We don't know much yet how 'Ubuntu for phones' is going to work out. See the response to David Planella's comment below.
- As pointed out by Flimm very well in his comment:
It's easy to subscribe to more than one tag, but it's impossible to subscribe to half a merged tag.
In response to the answer of Jorge Castro about current subscriptions of the development team...
In my opinion the team(s) are just subscribing to the wrong tag here. It is to their advantage to have a distinct and obvious tag for a such a product they're working on.
In response to David Planella on "It's the same OS, just different devices" (paraphrased):
Canonical may present this to be as the same Ubuntu for users, but it just can't be the same. This is the marketing machine and it's working well apparently. Regarding Q&A this will be horrible, I'm expecting. One does not install a phone using a ISO. One does not want to receive software recommendations for Desktop-UI apps. One does not want to read answers about shortkeys on a touch screen phone. We don't know yet to what extent it will be the same to the desktop OS in terms of technical aspects, release management, customizations by operators, etc. All we know for sure is that it will have a different UI to users, a completely new approach regarding app development and it will simply result in different questions/answers.
I've been keeping them in mobile because that's where the existing teams have been subscribed to for the Nexus and they want to keep everything in one place.
Also of note, we have a phone too if we want to use that for something, so maybe
Does that satisfy the Pedantic Knights?
mobile is not exactly "overly broad" - of course it also includes ubuntu-for-phones and of course a great ton of stuff fits into it, but it was made with the "running (actual) Ubuntu on mobile devices" idea in mind.
ubuntu-for-phones on the other hand is, for the most part, focused on the phone derivate of ubuntu - which certainly provides a wholly different UX.
These two should, in my opinion, be kept apart.
However, since mobile does include ubuntu-for-phones, perhaps renaming the previous mobile to something more distinct - "mobile-ubuntu", "mobile-installation", something like that - might be in order.
This question was asked when Ubuntu for Phones was first announced. Since then, it seems like Canonical and the community have settled on Ubuntu Touch to mean the product that is targeted for phones and tablets.
The tag to be used now is ubuntu-touch.
The tag mobile is too vague and not self descriptive, because we use the terms we use phone and mobile for same device, So users may tag questions like sync symbian mobile mobile with ubuntu with mobile tag. I belive that ubuntu mobile and connecting some other phones with ubuntu are diffrent and should have separate tags .
I believe we should stick with
mobile as this will ensure we see a broad spread of mobile-related questions in the same tag, many of the topics of which are related (e.g. memory consumption on a tablet and memory consumption on a phone are both limited-memory environments).
Adding another tag in addition to
mobile such as
phone could be useful though.