On Ask Ubuntu we have several companies represented as tags. There are , and . I don't think these tags are useful, and perhaps they should be removed. We don't have experts on any of those companies, nor do they have something to do with with Ubuntu/Canonical. Yes they have products that run on Ubuntu, but those products already have their own tags:

I don't think we need tags that encapsulate all those products. And we don't have experts in the companies themself. I think these tags don't really have a use. Should they go?

Anyone that wants to help retagging these questions can use this. Remember, most of these questions needs to be retagged, not just the tag deleted.

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    Apple, yeah. Microsoft, yeah. Adobe? probably.
    – Seth
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 15:16
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    Yay!! Finally... I agree with @Braiam's tagging opinion :-)
    – Aditya
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 17:53
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    Who says we do not have Adobe, Microsoft or Apple experts? I am feeling a bit offended. :)
    – don.joey
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 18:34
  • @don.joey are you? O_O
    – Braiam
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 19:49
  • @Seth any usage of adobe you can share? Maybe you should give a once over this
    – Braiam
    Commented May 9, 2014 at 15:40
  • As soon as there are several products from the same company a general company tag might make sense. Just treat Microsoft and Apple the same as any other company name. There is an Nvidia or Canon tag. For example I could have a Microsoft keyboard. Commented May 21, 2014 at 8:24
  • @Trilarion the entire SE doesn't agree: "Company tags" like microsoft or the now-defunct google were clearly useless or wrong in most situations: tag sets like [javascript google chart] and [vba microsoft excel] were classic examples of someone trying to type out a product name complete with spaces and getting tripped up by the way tags are parsed [...]. In our case it would be the equivalent to [microsoft] [office] or [apple] [ipod].
    – Braiam
    Commented May 21, 2014 at 17:16
  • @Braiam Okay that convinced me. Then I just want to say that there are more company tags than microsoft and apple. Commented May 21, 2014 at 18:16
  • @Trilarion be my guess and post questions about these tags ;).
    – Braiam
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 15:02

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As always, it's a good idea to check the most upvoted answers, and determine what should be done about them. I decided to check just five first, but it looks similarly after the first five.

Most of those (there is a possibility I missed something) can be categorized in more specific categories. Therefore, I believe that those tags don't add extra value, and should be replaced with more specific tags.

  • I agree with most you have said, just with slights variants: keyboard-layout questions (make X key print X character) should use the keyboard-layout tag. There's a microsoft-keyboard tag. Manufacturers are normally bad tag, in fact this question is about them, the question about multimedia keyboard should use the microsoft-keyboard/shortcut-keys tag. Just me being me, but I think you will agree.
    – Braiam
    Commented May 17, 2014 at 15:02
  • I have been thinking about this for quite some time and I agree that the tags are too general. BTW: congrats on a good meta answer.
    – don.joey
    Commented May 19, 2014 at 12:38

Well, at the Open Source shop I volunteer in http://freegeek.org we repair Apple hardware, and a number of folks have us put Xubuntu and other 'buntu distros on non-Macbook Macs. Therefore, I do suggest the Apple tag has a place because folks do run Linux on Apple hardware.

  • This doesn't mean that there isn't a more specific tag applicable to the question (at the very least mac).
    – Claudia
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 0:41

NO we don't need them. In fact, we should change the name of like Microsoft-Office Tag to like C**p-Office And the iPod tag chance it to like Jail-Locked-MP3-Player Just joking... I totally agreed with you Braiam We don't need them or tags like itunes which can go under wine tag or we can created a tag like wine-application or nonnative-application tag which them all the question for wine like how can configure it can go under the wine tag.

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    Renaming itunes to wine would not be intuitive to users unaware of wine.
    – jobin
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 18:45
  • @Jobin True.... Didn't think of that
    – MathCubes
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 18:45
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    I agree we shouldn't need the tags, but I don't like your other ideas so much.
    – Seth
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 19:45
  • @seth Why don't you like the other ideas?
    – MathCubes
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 19:48
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    @Andrew On second thought, I'm not so sure anymore.. Let me think about it a bit.
    – Seth
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 19:54
  • Well, the Office is one of the reasons why I don't hate Microsoft. If other products were of the same quality, Ubuntu would become the second Haiku. However your idea about itunes makes sence.
    – Danatela
    Commented May 9, 2014 at 12:16
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    Office is the ONLY reason I still use Microsoft (on a VM) If I could figure out how to move my heavily modified customer-centric Access Database to a Linux alternative, I would dump that as well. Apologies.. this seems off-topic now that I look at it.
    – Elder Geek
    Commented May 10, 2014 at 14:42
  • @ElderGeek You need a alternative to Access?
    – MathCubes
    Commented May 10, 2014 at 19:12
  • @Andrew I do indeed want an alternative to Access, that I can import my existing customer, inventory, billing data into.
    – Elder Geek
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 12:29

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