Several times now I've seen people asking questions about X and noticed that their posts have been edited to replace X with X.org. Is this the right way to go?

I was always taught that X should be called X, X11 or The X Window System but never X Windows, and until recently I'd not seen X.Org used in this way. I was under the impression that X.org was the project and the organisation, but that people still called the software X etc.

I can see that X on it's own may assume a little too much for our potential target audience, but is X.org any better? Certainly if you go to X.org, if you didn't know what X was it would not be obvious what X is, what it is for or why you might care.

I would prefer if we use The X Window System and make the first reference a link to the wikipedia page which should give people plenty of references to read up on if they are interested.


Someone early on created the tag. I had never seen X referred to this way either.

Yesterday I replaced with . I think that can also be synonymous with .

That's plenty. Any more related to X would just be diluting the existing tags, and just would be misleading for beginners.

So if you seen X referred to by any other tag please change it.


The two tags that can be used for X questions are and . Either is fine.

  • I hadn't thought about tags, so thanks for bringing that up.
    – Mark Booth
    Jun 18 '12 at 12:05
  • @MarkBooth I think the tag part is the most important.
    – Jivings
    Jun 18 '12 at 12:07
  • Quite right, I just hadn't thought about it, so good catch.
    – Mark Booth
    Jun 18 '12 at 12:08

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