I noticed today we have a tag for with no usage guidance yet.

It's not very popular (only 64 questions), and seems to be used for a mix of topics:

It doesn't look like the current version of this tag is clearly identifying a particular topic or area of expertise.

Should we delete it outright, modify it to focus on one specific topic, or cleave it into distinct topic tags?


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I think is not clear enough and should be deleted.

However, while doing so, the questions tagged with regarding the topic game update loop pattern could be tagged with instead, while those with the topic deploy game software updates to players could be retagged with . I feel the other two topics you've covered are using as a meta tag.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I agree with this, except that I think questions about "deploying game software updates" could be better served by the "deployment" tag. I'd rather not see "software-engineering" turn into (more of) a catch-all. \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 17:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ @JoshPetrie Good catch, I did not know we had a deployment tag. Updated the answer accordingly. \$\endgroup\$
    – Vaillancourt Mod
    Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 17:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ Finally got around to removing all of the update tags. :) Found a few more candidates for tag cleanup in the process, but that can be a problem for another day... ;) \$\endgroup\$
    – DMGregory Mod
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 17:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DMGregory Great job! Make sure to update the blacklisted tag list. \$\endgroup\$
    – Vaillancourt Mod
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 17:32

I think the update loop and deploying game updates uses of the tag both identify a specific problem domain in which someone could develop particular expertise.

The update loop questions can use the existing tag .

Deploying game updates would need a new tag, something like software-updates to distinguish the subject from runtime updates of in-game data.

I think the "modify a piece of data" use of the tag is purely meta and should be removed. I don't think someone can be an expert in "modifying data" alone.

I think tagging a question "Update" because it entails a method named Update() is pure noise, and the tag should be replaced with if the question is really about simulating behaviour over time via updates, or simply deleted otherwise.


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