Should we make these two tags synonyms?

It seems that currently open questions in seem to be a bit more about the file format / XML content (and its creation or manipulation outside of QGIS) and questions in more about using projects from within QGIS, but there is significant thematic overlap and the current tag names don't really reflect that distinction.

  • Sounds likely to me, which are you proposing would be the master and which the synonym?
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Jul 13, 2017 at 10:22
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    I'm not sure. If we want the new meaning to be specifically about the project files and their (raw, XML) content, their creation, manipulation etc., then a new tag name, e.g. qgis-project-file might make that more apparent. I that case, the to-be-synonym tags should be removed from questions that are (only) about the QGIS concept of a "project", disregarding the storage specifics. These questions might not need a specific new tag, the plain qgis tag might suffice there, I think.
    – das-g
    Jul 13, 2017 at 11:18
  • @das-g Please edit and expand your question to include these extra thoughts from your comment
    – Midavalo Mod
    Jul 13, 2017 at 13:43
  • Edited comment content into question. (Or should that have been an "answer" in this not-really-a-question-but-a-discussion?)
    – das-g
    Jul 13, 2017 at 13:50
  • For structuring Q&As about tag and tag synonym proposals you may like to review gis.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3820/… At the moment it seems like you have complicated what seemed initially like a straightforward proposal for synonymizing two tags by adding another tag into the discussion.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Jul 13, 2017 at 22:32
  • Thanks for the pointer. Following gis.meta.stackexchange.com/a/3822/51574 I've extracted my proposed solution (incl. its complication) to an answer.
    – das-g
    Jul 14, 2017 at 8:51
  • Should I post the two obvious alternative, less complicated solutions (make qgs a synonym of gis-project or vice versa, not introducing any new tags in either case) as separate answers, or should that be done by whoever would prefer those solutions?
    – das-g
    Jul 14, 2017 at 8:54
  • Rather than have this Q&A drag on, it looks the voting is 12-0 on a change being desirable (7 on the question plus 3 and 2 on the two answers. Which of the two answers to implement is far from clear cut but I am going to implement the one which is currently leading because it is simpler by virtue of requiring no new tag. If the voting does swing around then changing the implemented scheme to the other one proposed is very easy to do.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Jul 23, 2017 at 22:26
  • sounds good :-)
    – das-g
    Jul 23, 2017 at 23:23

2 Answers 2


I rarely use QGIS so this is an "outsider" opinion but I would favour simply making:

By way of analogy I think we should also make the ArcGIS "equivalent" of a synonym of .


To have the new meaning be specifically about the project files and their (raw, XML) content, their creation, manipulation etc.

  • introduce the new tag name that makes this intended meaning more obvious
  • make and synonyms of that tag
  • remove (and ) from questions that are about the general QGIS concept of projects but not about those projects on-disk representation or its manipulation. should suffice for those questions, as you can't really work with QGIS without a QGIS project anyway.

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