The tag is one of our most common tags but it's not a term I've ever heard before this site. I'm thinking maybe people use it as a synonym of but user interaction sounds more like a way of saying "human computer interaction," which on this site is a uselessly broad tag.

Should we nix or synonmize this tag? I'm learning towards nixing it as I bet a lot of people just type "user" into the tag bar and see pop up and think "gee, that applies to me!"

  • Also, user-behavior. Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 19:56
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    @PatrickMcElhaney that at least has some meaning, but I think psychology is a more fitting tag in most cases. It's also broad but not used very often, I guess i'm one of the few that thinks of most of this as being a matter of psychology =) ux.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/psychology
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 19:58
  • Yeah, it should probably be changed to psychology, gamification, or behavioral-economics, or just deleted, depending on the question. Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 20:04
  • Just noticed that one's even MORE common, and will require some cleanup probably. This one I think's pretty safe to wholesale delete, as Rahul said most of these questions are tagged with more descriptive tags anyway.
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 20:09

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If it means what I think it means, eg. the way users interact with software, then it's too broad. It looks like it's on quite a few questions that are also tagged with things like and . Those are specific and in line with the nature of the questions. So I think it might be okay to get rid of it and rely on those more specific tags instead.


It is probably fair that "user-interaction" is too broad. I think "interaction-design" focuses it far more on the design of the interactions.

User-behaviour - as mentioned by @Patrick - is probably sufficiently different, as it should be about how users behave - more anthropological or psychological. I am all for leaving some of these similar words, as it can help questioners to think about where their question sits. The user-interaction should fit with 90% of the questions, and so does not seem helpful in that.

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