While wireless and Wi-Fi do not mean the same (one could reasonably consider wireless as a hypernym of Wi-Fi), they are often used as synonyms. This poses a certain problem for our emerging taxonomy.

Either we edit posts tagged with either with prejudice and make sure the tag is only used for 802.11 related questions or we create a specific tag and synonymize into .

I'd prefer the second option for two reasons. We would not need to edit every post where someone uses WiFi as synonym for anything wireless and falling back on a hypernym never makes the tagging incorrect. Secondly, a specific 802.11 tag will only be used by people who actually thought about the technology and want to focus on that aspect.


  • Wireless could refer to "Without wires" which means that it could refer to practically any non wired transfer of information.
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    Commented Dec 8, 2016 at 17:59

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WiFi is basically a technology for Wireless LAN based 802.11 standards so it is a subset of wireless.

Either we edit posts tagged with either with prejudice and make sure the tag wifi is only used for 802.11 related questions

If the user tags a question with which is basically specific then I suppose it's fine there is no need to do any extra work, if we want to tag it specifically we can edit it to include . I presume not many users know of 802.11 or 802.11x specifications,so posts will be less, here we can synomize , to .

or we create a specific 802.11 tag and synonymize wifi into wireless

Synomizing into is not considered apt in my opinion as making so, one cannot specifially look for wifi related questions, instead they get all wireless related posts which contains all other wireless technologies.

  • I agree with this, you can't synonymise [wifi] and [wireless] when Wi-Fi isn't a synonym - there are other wireless protocols and the questions are different!
    – Aurora0001
    Commented Dec 7, 2016 at 15:19

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