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Some people are using spreadsheets for statistical analysis. I have noticed that there is an tag. Or, some people use spreadsheets other than Excel. There are for instance questions related to LibreOffice.

I just wonder if it wouldn't be a good idea to introduce a more generic "Spreadsheet" tag? This tag could be used for Excel related questions next to the "Excel" tag, but also for questions related to other spreadsheets.

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  • $\begingroup$ not many LibreOffice questions though stats.stackexchange.com/search?q=libreoffice $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2011 at 12:16
  • $\begingroup$ Also I would have never associated the calc tag with LibreOffice nor OpenOffice (although I suppose someone whom actually works with that software might). Perhaps it would be a good case for synonyms or a general renaming. calc is so generic I think I rather see libreoffice as the name (and it currently has only two questions with that tag). $\endgroup$
    – Andy W
    Commented Sep 16, 2011 at 12:23

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I would say no, as your contemporary answer about Libre Office is not directly applicable to Excel. We could come close to extending the notion to almost all statistical software (e.g. although many answers ask for a solution in R, inevitably most of those same things could be accomplished in SAS, Stata, SPSS, etc.). I don't think a stat-software tag would be very helpful.

I think their could be situations in which a spreadsheet tag is useful (such as this question about using a spreadsheet for teaching purposes), but they are so few and far between its hard to see its usefulness (at this time). There are currently only 38 questions tagged with Excel at this time. It is not much of a burden to peruse either the excel tag or the calc tag to see if they have any information pertinent to spreadsheets in general.

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    $\begingroup$ In general, I've come to accept a more laissez-faire attitude about things such as tags as I've used the site more. If someone wants to implement a spreadsheet tag, go ahead and see if it gets adopted by the community in general. Just don't go and do a massive retagging on your own. $\endgroup$
    – Andy W
    Commented Sep 16, 2011 at 12:31
  • $\begingroup$ +1 I fully agree. It is like having r-or-splus tag... $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Commented Sep 16, 2011 at 12:58

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