Are the tags and redundant?

I'm a developer, and I already know from a software perspective there is a difference between a tool and an application ... so I'm not asking is there a pedantic difference in definition here. But I think the difference isn't obvious to those not expert in software.

So are these two tags each adding distinct value to the site, or are they being used in a redundant way? If they are redundant as used, which tag should be kept as the master tag during a merge?

Maybe a new tag like would be better than to tag those one-off, simple, anonymous tools that don't persist or manage any personal data but only provide calculations or estimates from data entered on the spot? From a personal finance perspective, I think people go looking for calculators, but they don't go looking for "tools". Then, would used be for services that do provide personalized, advanced features.

What do you think?

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  • Is online-application a way to apply for a service, and not a bit of software? – MrChrister Nov 20 '11 at 16:44
  • @MrChrister Good point - it could be. What else, then? – Chris W. Rea Nov 20 '11 at 22:02
  • Definately makes sense to merge and have online-applications. I also noticed that there is a tag "applications" thats used for 2 meanings, one as a software, the other as a form that's filled. The one related to software are not Online, but could be offline as well ... how do we treat them? – Dheer Nov 21 '11 at 11:32

Alrighty, I think I looked over all the questions, and I am in favor of merging the tags. I like online-application for all of them; be it a single purpose or feature rich tool.

Having too much granularity will make it that much harder to pick the correct tag. Perhaps online-calculator should be the only exception that proves the rule. I feel calculator is the way a lot of blogs describe some of these applications.

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