In the past the [advice] tag has been used for requesting advice (i.e. confused with [advice-request] tag).

Peter suggested replacing [advice] with some other tag. Should we replace [advice] with some other tag and make [advice] a synonym to [advice-request]? If the answer is positive, what should be the new tag?

I copy the suggestions here:

  • [non-uniform]
  • Multiple tags? advice-Karp-Lipton ... quantum-advice ... advice-(fillinblank)

Another possible replacement:

  • advice-(complexity)
  • $\begingroup$ Are we resolved on this issue ? namely, shall we go with Peter's suggestion ? I can set up the merges etc in that case $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Nov 22 '10 at 6:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Suresh: It seems so, everyone seems to be happy with Peter's suggestion and it has already 5 votes. Could you please merge [advice] to [advice-and-nonuniformity]? $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Nov 22 '10 at 6:44
  • $\begingroup$ In this case, I am not sure if it is good to make [advice] a synonym for [advice-and-nonuniformity]. But now that the synonym has been made, I think that it is better to see if this avoids the confusion. If we see questions asking for advice incorrectly tagged as [advice-and-nonuniformity], probably we should remove the synonym (but removing the synonym will invalidate the link to cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/advice). $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Nov 22 '10 at 12:52
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    $\begingroup$ @Suresh: I have written a tag wiki for [advice]. Now that it is merged, it seems that the tag wiki is lost :( $\endgroup$ – M.S. Dousti Nov 22 '10 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Sadeq: Seems like that. :( Moderator can extract the content and copy it to the tag wiki for the new tag [advice-and-nonuniformity], I hope? $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Nov 22 '10 at 13:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Sadeq: I think you can still find it under recent wiki-tag changes in moderator tools. Take a look at here $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Nov 22 '10 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ @Kaveh: Thanks! Oddly, I cannot change the new merged tag wiki anymore. @Suresh: Could you please copy the old tag wiki to the merged one? $\endgroup$ – M.S. Dousti Nov 22 '10 at 14:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Sadeq: I think it takes sometime for the site to update the list of top users of the new one, you will be able to edit it when it is updated. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Nov 22 '10 at 17:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Kaveh: Thanks for the hints. $\endgroup$ – M.S. Dousti Nov 22 '10 at 18:25
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry Sadeq: I didn't realize this would happen. Let me see if I can fix the edits $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Nov 22 '10 at 19:54
  • $\begingroup$ changes have been made. $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Nov 22 '10 at 20:01

My suggestion is [advice-and-nonuniformity]. I also really like Tsuyoshi's suggestion.

  • $\begingroup$ assuming we go with one, I prefer this to Sadeq's 'advice-string', because this tag is more informative. $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Nov 19 '10 at 20:36
  • $\begingroup$ I also like this one, but I am not sure if we need the "and" in the middle. [advice-nonuniformity] and [advice-nonuniform] (or [nonuniform-advice]) seem good to me. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Nov 19 '10 at 22:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Kaveh: Omitting “and” is acceptable to me, but I do not see any reason to do so. Adding “and” makes the meaning clearer even without reading the tag wiki. Moreover, [nonuniform-advice] looks like “the advice that is nonuniform,” which is pretty tautological. $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Nov 19 '10 at 22:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Tsuyoshi: I wrote that meaning nonuniform/advice. I don't know the effect of using / in tag names. update: I just tested it, the system removes /. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Nov 19 '10 at 23:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Kaveh: I know what you meant, and that is why I wrote “[nonuniform-advice] looks like ….” $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Nov 19 '10 at 23:07

I agree that the tag should be renamed. How about [computation-with-advice]?

Added: Should we have two separate tags for computation with advice and for nonuniform computation, or one tag? If two, I think that [computation-with-advice] is a reasonable name to replace the current tag [advice]. If one, I will second Peter’s proposal [advice-and-nonuniformity]. I do not have an opinion which is better.

  • $\begingroup$ In my opinion one tag is better (they are very close and having two tags can cause confusion) and I like Peter's suggestions. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Nov 19 '10 at 22:33

non-uniform is ok, but it's not precise enough, is it ?


I suggest [advice-string]. It is short, and to the point.


This is just an idea so I don't know how good it is:

make [advice] a synonym for [nonuniform].

  • $\begingroup$ I cannot see how this is supposed to prevent the misuse of the [advice] tag. $\endgroup$ – Tsuyoshi Ito Nov 20 '10 at 2:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Tsuyoshi: if someone misuses the [advice] tag, the system will automatically replace it with the [nonuniform] tag and the OP will notice this and hopefully will edit the tags to correct it. I also think synonym are shown at the bottom of drop down menu (because no post is tagged with them) so the [advice-request] will be the top tag shown when someone types "advice". But as I said I don't know if this is good idea. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Nov 20 '10 at 9:17
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    $\begingroup$ In my experience, new users are too ignorant to notice such tag replacements. And experienced users know what the [advice] tag means. Hence, this approach does not seem to solve the problem. $\endgroup$ – M.S. Dousti Nov 20 '10 at 16:07

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