I propose that the and tags are replaced with , and synonyms are set up appropriately. This provides absolute clarity, rather than an ambiguous acronym. The new tag should also encompass non-flood attacks, such as exploiting poor incorrect password blocking systems.

Users should be encouraged to combine this tag with other tags for specific types of attacks, e.g. .

The problem is that the tag names are always lowercase, and there are other things that might come under the "DOS" acronym, e.g. Distributed Operating System, Distributed Object System, Disk Operating System, Data Over Signalling, etc.

I also don't think we need a separate tag specifically for distributed attacks, since the distinction is minimal and most questions also get tagged as .


  • I like that. If there are no objections, I will setup the synonyms. Aug 2, 2012 at 13:12

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I agree wrt as a synonym to - I think that is a good idea, and as @Hendrik said, if there are no objections he will set it up.

However I dont agree about - though in effect the actual outcome is pretty much the same (no service), it is a different type of attack, with different solutions for different scenarios.
I'll admit, in many questions the asker is confused, and doesnt really know which one he means - but we do, and I think these are really different situations.

  • Sounds a fair comprimise. Do we use ddos, or distributed-denial-of-service? imo, the latter is too wordy, the former is possibly too short. Perhaps ddos-attack? Maybe attack is redundant though. Hmm...
    – Polynomial
    Aug 3, 2012 at 6:08
  • Perhaps a solution would be to have a generic distributed-attack tag, to cover all types of distributed attack. Then we've got denial-of-service and distributed-attack in combination to cover the DDoS angle. Or maybe I'm making things complicated... O_o
    – Polynomial
    Aug 3, 2012 at 6:11
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    ddos works fine imo. It is clear enough what it means, especially in the context of this site.
    – user10211
    Aug 3, 2012 at 6:20
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    Agree with dos as synonym to denial-of-service, but reckon we keep ddos, as @AviD says.
    – Rory Alsop Mod
    Aug 3, 2012 at 18:11
  • I think we're agreed then :-)
    – Polynomial
    Aug 4, 2012 at 16:19

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