now has two different meanings: illegal activity and SSL vulnerability.

Therefore I propose to leave this tag for SSL vulnerability and retag criminal questioons wiith . What do you think about it?

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    I think good call.
    – Jeff Ferland Mod
    Oct 4, 2012 at 22:59

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I think it's misleading, unless someone knows that crime is an ssl exploit it's going to confuse people. I would say that keeping crime as criminal activity of some sort makes sense, as it's more likely that people will be searching this forum for that than the ssl exploit. I'd say having a separate crime-ssl tag makes more sense.


Since it's ambiguous, perhaps we should avoid the tag altogether. Alias it to blackhat so that it's clear you can't use the crime tag for CRIME, and use and for CRIME-related posts. It can't be that many, and I don't find a single exploit deserving a whole tag anyway. It's a very high-impact exploit, but a single exploit nevertheless.

  • I agree. I only spotted 4 CRIME-related questions at the moment.
    – D.W.
    Oct 11, 2012 at 8:36

I agree that crime should alias to blackhat, but I do not agree with having the SSL derived CRIME take over.

Several individual exploits have their own tag, some being more common than others. A common naming convention is Subject-ExploitCategory. For instance, LDAP-Injection or in this case SSL-CRIME.

Given that SSL-CRIME is in caps, it serves as a visual cue that it is an acronym. Additionally, with a properly written tag description, any remaining confusion will be put to rest. I believe that this would be the best approach to remove confusion between the two now ambiguous terms.

  • Tag names can be only in lowercase Oct 11, 2012 at 8:04
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    In theory a ssl-crime tag would be a possibility. However, what I wonder is: how many questions are there that would receive this tag? I count only 4 questions. Hardly seems worth the bother to create a special tag for that. We already have a ssl tag. Someone who wants to find information about CRIME can already do a search on [ssl] CRIME.
    – D.W.
    Oct 11, 2012 at 8:35
  • @D.W. I cannot help it, I like to put labels on everything :)
    – Moses
    Oct 11, 2012 at 16:07

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