I have just finished writing a tag wiki excerpt for (If you have the priviliges, please review my edit :) ) and said that it should be only for questions about hardware output ("Can I use a VGA monitor?") not software output ("How do you write to a file?").

That got me thinking, should we split into and ?

"How can I access the GPIO from python" would be , but "Can I use headphones with a built-in microphone in the audio socket?" would be .

I am saying this mainly becuase questions about software output can be hugely different to questions about hardware output.

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No. I do not think any of these tags are useful.

Unlike related tags such as or , I expect it will be very rare for anyone to search for these tags, to subscribe to them, or even to read the associated tag wiki.

The tag wiki page for (some topic) X is where you go if you want to know "what is X." E.g. if I want to know what Debian is I will go to the tag wiki etc. Similarly it makes sense to ask "What is HDMI" or "What is a GPU" but not "What is software output."

Edit for completeness, this is how I would tag those questions:

I think these tags give enough information by themselves. Adding any of the "output" tags would not make them any easier to find.

  • So you're saying get rid of them all?
    – ACarter
    Jun 18, 2012 at 16:41
  • @ACarter, ideally yes, though I expect output would reappear in new users' questions (after the public launch), whereas software-output and hardware-output would not.
    – finnw
    Jun 18, 2012 at 16:44
  • Yeah, I suppose a new user isn't exactly going to go looking for them.
    – ACarter
    Jun 18, 2012 at 16:52

Yes, I think this would be a good.

Although perhaps just and would be good enough, otherwise the output tag would continuously be proposed as may be easy to miss.

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