Of the 68 questions tagged with atlas, 39 have been asked this year. When searching for a tag and typing in qgis however, the atlas tag doesn't appear, despite being explicitly labelled as referring to the QGIS plugin. Meanwhile a number of qgis plugins with fewer questions such as qgis2leaf, qgis2web, etc, have qgis within their names.

So should atlas be renamed to qgis-atlas?

Could it be useful for the GIS.se community to have an atlas tag that refers to traditional, printed-on-paper, atlases?

  • There appears to be no clear consensus on this so I have set status-deferred.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Jul 13, 2016 at 5:21

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I might be in the minority, but I believe that tags should have names, that users actually use. There is no point in making tag-names which will not be used by the Question writers.

Before we rename the tag, we should ask whether users actually use the name qgis-Atlas or just Atlas? I haven't used this functionality much, but all I know is that it is just a tab in the print composer. There isn't a plugin called qgis-Atlas. Hence we should not rename it.

In the case of qgis2leaf & qgis2web, these are the actual names of the plugins, and hence those are the names which people use, and hence the tag names are correct.

  • Valid point. I do wonder about the ambiguity of these QGIS function names that could refer to other things.
    – raphael
    Jun 24, 2016 at 17:37
  • I upvoted this because I agree strongly that, unless they are ambiguous, tags should reflect names that users use. However, I notice that "qgis atlas" has been used in posts here 35 times. Hopefully we'll hear from one or more QGIS developers as to whether they think the atlas tag needs to be further qualified.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Jun 25, 2016 at 8:21
  • Imho, either tag is fine. I don't see a strong need to change the existing tag right now.
    – underdark
    Jul 18, 2016 at 19:38

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