We have these two tags:

  • : 120 questions, one synonym (), a description "Generally used in correlation with a state machine."
  • : 49 questions, a description "Finite State Machines model game flow, AI behaviour, or other processes using a set of discrete states and transitions between them. "

And there are 22 questions that have both.

Since they're closely related should we do something about them?

There has been some discussion in the past, with the conclusion "let's leave them separated, because users don't know the relationship between those", but I feel this should be revised.


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From the linked discussion, and from the numbers of tags attributions, users seem more inclined to use the tag state. However, as a guideline question, can one be expert in state, or are they expert in finite-state-machines?

I think users would be more experts in finite-state-machines. However, as previously stated, fsm is not intuitively found by users.

So I suggest we make state a synonym of fsm, as fsm has a more complete tag-wiki, and then rename fsm to state-machine.

  • \$\begingroup\$ This seems reasonable to me. \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Jan 26, 2017 at 16:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think renaming the fsm tag to state-machine is particularly useful, so that it comes up as a suggestion when a user starts typing "state." I also find my colleagues more commonly call these "state machines" in practice, with the "finite" basically assumed (I certainly haven't yet made a game system with a truly unbounded collection of states...) ;) \$\endgroup\$
    – DMGregory Mod
    Jan 28, 2017 at 16:35

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