Is there anything I can do to tidy (somewhat) ambiguous tag ?

I noticed the tag has been used for two areas. One is the path to files in a computer system. Another is related to network or distance-along-a-path (like foot path).

Making a visual count, users used this tag for:

  • File system and coding: 25
  • Along a path, distance between points, shortest path: 10
  • Others (related to DEM, 3D): ~4 ?

Since there is no or tags, I understand the tag was chosen when a software user came across file path trouble (if it was not a generic IT issue).

About the distance-along-a-path questions, I thought of a tag. However, tag seems to have been used more specifically for cost analysis.

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I think you are right that we need to disambiguate the tag.

I propose that a tag be created by renaming (via a merge, using a moderator tool) the tag.

I would not create tags for and because I see these being synonyms of the tag (at the somewhat level of granularity we use for when new tags are warranted).

Any questions about file paths which are currently tagged with the ambiguous would be retagged to .

  • I like the file-path. It seems (to me) currently posted four questions with pathname tag will be good with file-path tag. Only, I am not sure how to merge them, being not familiar with moderator tool(s)...
    – Kazuhito
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 6:04
  • Ouch. I cannot accept both answers... Sorry if you see something strange happened at your end...just clicked here and there.
    – Kazuhito
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 6:06
  • I probably would not accept either answer yet, to encourage others to provide answers as input. The merge tool that I mentioned is something that only we seven moderators can do. I usually like to see about 5 votes before using it. Whether or not you as the asker clicks Accept on either answer won't influence much whether it is implemented because it is the community's voting that indicates whether community consensus appears to have been reached.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 6:14
  • I understand. Let me tick it off and wait for comments/upvotes.
    – Kazuhito
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 6:17
  • Thank you everyone! Five upvotes (100%) in last 24 hrs seems quite encouraging. PolyGeo, can I leave next action(s) in your hands (and moderators)? If there is anything I can (should) do, please let me know.
    – Kazuhito
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 9:11
  • @Kazuhito I've implemented the file-path tag and put a minimalist tag wiki excerpt on it.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 10:19
  • Great. Thanks PolyGeo! I will start working on path posts.
    – Kazuhito
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 10:21
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    I think my work on file-path has finished, including relative path, and absolute path issues. Thanks again moderators, especially PolyGeo!
    – Kazuhito
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 12:08

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