We love licensing. Maybe, too much. So much that we've got 125 questions in the licensing tag! What more? We've got 13 tags dedicated to license related stuff. Sounds like a little much. Let's take a look:
licensing x 125
Licensing refers to applying a license to an area of software. Only use this tag if your question concerns the application of a license to an area of interest. If your question concerns a specific license, use the tag that corresponds to your license. For more general questions, use this tag.
license-compatibility x 28. 0 Synonyms
License compatibility is the comparison of two or more licenses to determine if certain usages and actions can be made. Use this tag if the question would like to determine the compatibility of licenses, or their individual clauses.
Questions about changing the license of a work which has already been published under a different license (or published under all-rights-reserved copyright)
license-recommendation x 16. 0 Synonyms
For questions asking the community to recommend a particular license that meets criteria provided by the future licensor. Any question that seeks to have an open license is allowed, even if the criteria would render it impossible. Questions that ask for proprietary licenses explicitly are off-topic.
Works can be released under two (or more) licenses, which may or may not be compatible, giving recipients the choice of which terms they will abide by
license-file x 6.
For questions about files containing the text of a license distributed alongside or within an open project.
unlicensed-code x 5.
Code which has not been published under a license and can be used only under regular copyright law.
license-notice x 5.
For questions about the content and placement of license, copyright, and disclaimers
license-comparaison x 2.
Use this tag for questions that ask about the difference between two or more licenses in a certain aspect.
license-creation x 1.
no tag wiki excerpt
crayon-licenses x 1.
For questions about non-legalese licenses written by programmers either jokingly or to be understandable.
license-clauses x 1.
no tag wiki excerpt.
That's a lot of tags. In fact, this Data SE query shows all questions that have these tags.
So then here is what I recommend going forward:
- Seriously, let's cleanup licensing
Many questions with this tag are likely improperly tagged. We use the license tags for questions that apply to those licenses, and we use this tag for anything general.
- Figure out which tags we need.
We don't need all these tags. Figure out what falls under what, and what we need.
Don't start doing anything yet. The front page doesn't need messing up. Depending on what the consensus on action here is, the mods may be able to do some of it without causing disruption (such as merging tags into one another). licensing may need editing into many different tags, which is something that mods can't do without messing up the front page - here, your help will be appreciated (if such a course of action is decided on).