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Right now the reverse-engineering tag has a dozen questions, four of which by a single user, who's also relatively new to stack-exchange. Eleven out of the twelve questions were asked by a user of under 200 reputation points in RE.SE and only two other questions were opened by a single user with a reputation slightly above 100. This tag seems somewhat ...


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On Stack Overflow, I think the singular dominates but there's no agreement. Most newer Stack Exchange sites tend to favor plural tags for countable objects, e.g. compilers, debuggers, reserving the singular for concepts (compilation, debugging). I propose to follow this convention: use the plural for countable nouns. That is what was adopted with near-...


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Tags are not designed to assign a difficulty level like that. Besides, who would decide? Something I might find extraordinarily difficult might be child's play to you. But that aside… Tags are supposed to tell you what the question is about. Tags like beginner or expert do not tell you what the question is about at all. Saying "this question is easy" ...


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I personally think that user-mode and kernel reversing are very different, so we could specify a tag for anything kernel, and maybe no tag for user-mode, which is the default situation, especially for non-expert. and of course, specify the OS in its own tag.


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I'd rather ask for tagging by OS and architecture/CPU type. I expect we'll have a vast majority of questions about software so tagging all of them would be somewhat redundant IMO.


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I strongly believe tags should be renamed to ida-sdk and ida-plugins. The rename from "idapro" to "ida" is aligned with a similar older change discussed here and with the current status of idapro being a synonym of ida. If this answer gets upvoted I'll rename the tags and create the needed synonyms.


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I would vote for portable-executable or pe and abandon exe. In the context of this site, pe is likely more than sufficient, but it's fine to be verbose (i.e. portable-executable), too - and the Javascript is helpful in finding existing tags anyway. As for the potential ambiguity, I'd rather have separate tags where necessary, such as new-executable or dos-...


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Makes sense in my opinion. We have x86, ARM.. I approved one of your edits.


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I agree with Igor. Most of the questions are software related so that tag is somewhat redundant. However, hardware is something that should probably be made necessary for non-software questions to distinguish them.


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Good suggestion, this is done.


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The rename from the plural idapro-plugins to the singular idapro-plugin seems more natural to me, but I cannot provide any actual arguments. If this answer gets upvoted I'll rename idapro-plugins to idapro-plugin(or ida-plugin).


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Nowadays, the tools tag is no longer strictly used for tool recommendations. It occasionally accompanies general tool questions, a couple of examples: 1, 2, 3, 4. I've even sinned so myself partially because the unclarity of this tag. I think we should edit the tag's name and wiki to make it clear that this tag should be used for general tool discussion and ...


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No. We should not have a beginner tag. If we were to implement it, it would automatically require expert. Those who are happy with neither of the tags would then want an intermediate tag. What then happens to the beginner to intermediate level individuals ? They would not want to be left out of this either ... I hope you get what this will lead to. Other ...


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I could see someone wanting to follow Linux kernel (linux-kernel) related reverse engineering questions only, perhaps due to some particular interest in Linux rootkits. Unless there's a possibility of following a logical expression of tag combinations that I'm not aware of. Reviewing "How do I correctly tag my questions?" I could see a case being made for ...


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I had a look at the IDA website, and the software comes in three versions as stated in the question, freeware, IDA Starter and IDA Professsional. IDA seems to be the correct tag that encompasses all these. Hence, ida is now the master tag. idapro is the synonym. I havent retagged the idapro questions as of now.


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Given the listing you gave it's clear that, while idapro-plugins is a subset of plugin (oddly the former being plural here, while the latter is singular), the number of questions with the former tag completely outnumber the latter. I think, however, that plugin should be more aptly named tool-plugin [1] to denote that this is about a common extension ...


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The current name is quite confusing, and I would suggest replacing it with something a bit more clear, such as tool-bindiff instead. Although there's no such convention (and this might justify another discussion), in the particular case of BinDiff the name is actually the same as the action, and perhaps written in a more intuitive manner (compared to bin-...


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This doesn't seem to be a common topic so I'm not sure how useful such tag would be. But if you do want to add one, I'd go with something obvious like 'switch'. As a possible alternative, I would suggest a more generic tag covering low-level details of compiled programs. Maybe something like 'compiler-assembly' or 'implementation-detail(s)'? Related: https:...


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I know there's a 5 tags limit per question, yet I think such sub-tag are confusing because then, what does linux defines? usermode only? Strictly speaking it means quite the opposite, since Linux in the strictest sense only refers to a kernel, not the userland. I'm sure RMS could give you an hour long talk about this, because he likes to emphasize the ...


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I think the tag is necessary at this point. If you look at the questions, it is being used only when asking for tool recommendations (7 of 7 questions). We could replace it with tool-recommendations similar to the software recommendations tag on AskUbuntu. However, if this consistent usage does persist throughout beta, then I dont think there is any need ...


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