Theoretically, is supposed to be used to specify that the question is specific to the Vim, that is, Vi IMproved by Bram Moolenaar.

However, it appears that this is rarely the case in practice, and I don't think it will be the case in the future either.

Almost all questions tagged are not actually specific to Vim itself, and new users shouldn't be expected to know the exact usage guidelines that are rigidly expected.

So, a proposal: Burninate and blacklist . Nothing good can come of it.

(Secondary proposal: Possibly create a new tag or something along those lines, to signify questions that are indeed specific to only Vim, such as What is Neovim? How is it different from Vim? And why should I care?.)

  • Yes! And we should have vanilla-vi as well for the prepreprepredecessor.
    – yo'
    Feb 4, 2015 at 0:06

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There've been a couple of other discussions on this:

It's becoming apparent that neither nor is likely to be used at all consistently here. Meanwhile, there is considerable value in encouraging folks to use tags that reflect the platform they're using, in cases where this is relevant - having tags that correspond to broad families of editors thwarts this goal. I think yo' said it best:

Having experience from the TeX - LaTeX site, I would suggest not: the B.J.'s original should get a longer tag name, otherwise people never use it correctly. We ended with tex-core and plain-tex, and we blacklisted latex for question about LaTeX itself in favour of latex-project. I would suggest original-vi for the B.J.'s version.

This is quickly becoming apparent in how folks are using . Therefore, I've done as you requested and burned + blacklisted this tag, with the following warning shown if someone tries to use it:

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    +1 I would just, as I see it now, prefer "vanilla" over "original" since "original" just doesn't sound good for vim.
    – yo'
    Feb 4, 2015 at 0:07
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    @yo' My first interpretation of vanilla would be "no plugins", not "mainline". Feb 4, 2015 at 0:47

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