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What purpose does tag serve?

It has almost 40 questions. Few of them I looked at made me feel like it's the same as tag. Does it make sense to make them synonyms?

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    “App” is often used in the more limited sense of mobile applications. It is arguably a better-defined term than “application”. It would make very much sense to keep them separate. – amon Mar 2 '16 at 22:39
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    @amon we've got mobile-app tag, how about synonymizing to it (non-mobile questions in app would have to be retagged then) – gnat Mar 2 '16 at 22:47
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Hmm...

An is definitely an . It may present questions spanning many platforms like , , , and so on. And on the grounds of my first sentence, yes: the app and the applications tags should be synonyms.

However, if one considers semantics, this may not be the right course of action. may refer to the the applying of different principles like things from , , or . In this case, making them synonyms may be counterproductive.

If Programmers.SE could survey the questions under and see what categories the majority fall into, a better informed decision can be taken

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