We currently have and tags. There doesn't seem to be any tag which is unambiguously for challenges which involve output in an image file format, so they sometimes get put in and sometimes (e.g.) don't get any tag. Moreover, some challenges which ask for ASCII-art output (e.g. 1, 2) are tagged as but not .

Inconsistent usage is obviously a small problem, which can be fixed by agreeing a standard and then editing tags as appropriate. But I think it's also a problem that tag completion from "image" doesn't send you to "graphical-output".

I am tempted to create an tag and retag everything in as either or , or both where the question gives the implementer a choice between the two (e.g.). However, the name doesn't strike me as adequate, because there have been questions which take images as input but don't produce them as output.

Maybe it's sufficient to make a synonym for for the time being and to change that later if there's much call for it to cover graphical input too.


  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd have thought that the distinction was clear with the tags we have, but I don't have any strong objections to this plan. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 14, 2012 at 19:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @dmckee, I missed one point that I wanted to make. Will edit. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 14, 2012 at 19:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ What about challenges involving image input (like this one)? How should they be tagged? \$\endgroup\$ Jan 18, 2012 at 19:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @IlmariKaronen, I raise that question myself in paragraph 3. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 18, 2012 at 19:56

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OK, here's a concrete proposal: I suggest we create for challenges that have images as input and for challenges that (only) ask for them as output. Make a synonym for , or vice versa. (I have no great preference either way, but IMO should exist at least as a synonym, so that users typing in "image" can find it.) Questions that only ask for ASCII art output should be retagged as (and not as ).

  • \$\begingroup\$ It's been two months and nobody seems opposed to this (and there's even one support vote, yay!), so I'm planning to start implementing this. The first step will be to retag questions with ASCII art output as ascii-art. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 20, 2012 at 3:38

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