Currently we have tags for:

Google's virtual globe application that allows users to view 3D buildings, imagery, terrain, any other information stored in KML files.

Google Earth Pro is a 3D interactive globe that can be used to aid planning, analysis and decision making

At one time the Pro version cost money for some extra features while the first one was free. Nowadays both are free and there are other versions for web (Chrome) and mobile.

Do we need both of the tags above and do we need additional tags for the web and mobile versions?

  • I think consensus is clear that we want one tag to encompass google-earth, google-earth-pro and google-earth-desktop so I'm creating that and making google-earth the master. The master can be easily reset later, if needed. There does not seem to be clear consensus on any changes needed to other google-earth-* tags so I'll leave those changes for another Meta GIS Q&A to sort out later.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Feb 13, 2020 at 6:01

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Id say one tag for google-earth and google-earth-pro is enough because they are very similar and as you have already mentioned google-earth-pro is now free as well, so there shouldn't be many users left using the "normal" version.

But in my opinion there should be an extra tag for the "new" google earth (web/mobile) version as they are different from the desktop program. A separate tag can avoid confusion on which version is meant.

  • Hope what I implemented is close enough to what you proposed. I know it's not identical in all aspects.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Feb 13, 2020 at 6:05

I propose simplifying the Google Earth (GE) tags into just one - - and have any/all others as synonyms of that tag (excluding the engine and api tags).

Most of the questions relate to GE or GE-Pro (basically the same product); I don't really see any need to have additional tags for GE mobile or browser which may only attract a handful of questions, if any.

I think it also might be worth looking at the google-earth api tags


Suggest merging normal and pro into 'google-earth-desktop' and the seperately have 'google-earth-mobile'

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