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We got a question about “programming radios” (that is, bulk entering frequency memories and configuration, from a computer or other radio) that was tagged (which says it is for software development); I believe this has happened before. I noticed that we don't actually have a good tag for that concept, and I used as the closest relative, but it's a poor fit because questions on the subject involve things like making custom cables.

I've also noticed that we have no tag that well fits questions about “CAT” (controlling a transceiver in normal operation from a computer), other than (and many uses of CAT are not remote).

I'm thinking that these are related gaps, but I am uncertain of what to do. Here are some ideas (neither all compatible nor all mutually exclusive). I'd like some input on good naming and whether these tags should exist.

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  • $\begingroup$ what is the "consensus" ? -- just curious. $\endgroup$ – Edwin van Mierlo Oct 26 '16 at 10:57
  • $\begingroup$ @EdwinvanMierlo Well, as you can see, no one else has spoken up much. My current plan is to make some of these changes gradually (particularly, creating the tags I proposed creating), but not before making a list of questions to which they would apply to see how useful they'd actually be. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Oct 26 '16 at 14:41
  • $\begingroup$ Sure, go for it. $\endgroup$ – Edwin van Mierlo Oct 27 '16 at 12:10
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If you use you should be consistent and use in stead of , so I would suggest the following:

[Edit:2016-10-17, based on comments]

I don't believe is "peculiar", hence I cannot answer to why someone would. And I would not change any other for that matter. is fine if the majority agrees.

in regards to "CAT" interface, the reason that I suggest is that many people (as I have experienced) identify "CAT" with a physical interface on their equipment, not like Ethernet. Hence may be more appropriate than or . However we can leave to indicate posts which really have to do with CAT interfaces.

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  • $\begingroup$ "equipment-programming" seems to me to be far too peculiar a term to use for the sake of consistency. If we don't use "equipment-programming", what other "equipment-" names would you want to change instead? Also, what does "CAT interface" mean to you that it excludes Ethernet? $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Oct 13 '16 at 18:58
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Regarding the proposed ,I'm under the impression that CAT refers to a specific plug and jack on certain Yaesu, Icom, and Kenwood radios. I have an Elecraft K2, and Elecraft never refers to its computer control capability as "CAT" in the manuals. Because CAT seems to be brand-specific, I think would be better than . I'd say that we shouldn't create for interfaces actually labeled CAT, because most people would think it's a synonym for . just sounds too vague to cover the serial interface used to control a radio, in my opinion.

I think there is definitely a need for or . I think people would be more likely to find , but in my opinion there would be no harm in creating both tags as synonyms.

If has been misused, then in my opinion it needs to be changed. Either , or , or both as synonyms would be fine by me.

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Here is what I have now actually done, which is not quite the same as the plan I laid out above:

In particular, I did not create the broad tag even though it would suit some questions that almost-fit several of the above tags (e.g. Looking for a UHF / VHF transceiver for PC.` and any TNC-related questions) or even ones that don't fit any of them (e.g. Using a flip-phones GPS NMEA data for the GPS in an APRS station), because I think it's not something that people would think of using consistently, whereas the above all have names that are very straightforwardly related to the question.

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