Problem

Looking ahead: expect confusion to arise from Apple's commonplace use of one word FileVault — without a version number — for two very different technologies.

(Versions 1 and 2 both involve encryption, but encryption is applied at totally different levels.)

Options (not mutually exclusive)

  1. continue with one tag for two different technologies

    I can add the tag to questions that relate to FileVault 2. Example result:

    http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/core-storage+filevault

    If only a limited number of tags can be added to a question, this is not ideal.

  2. have two tags and instead of the one

    I can do a little CHAOS-like housekeeping. Currently only six results to the following:

    http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/filevault

  3. ????

    At the moment I can't recall the third option that came to mind, but I'll leave this question as a placeholder, to be revisited and edited very soon. Hopefully within the next twenty-four hours.

  4. tag synonym

    Starred in Ask Different Chat.


Meta users: if you imagine any other options, please edit this question. Thanks :-)

Side note

We can not assume version 2 where FileVault is mentioned by a user of Lion. Both versions 1 and 2 can be used simultaneously.

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3 Answers 3

I think you've got it right with [filevault-1] and [filevault-2].

That won't cause any confusion, and it follows our usual pattern of [product-version] (like [ios-4]).

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Draft text for notional filevault-2 tag

What's below should appear more effective in the tag wiki than in this Q&A …

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FileVault 2: Apple Core Storage full disk encryption (FDE) of the startup volume

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Draft text for notional filevault-1 tag

What's below should appear more effective in the tag wiki than in this Q&A …

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FileVault 1: encryption of a user's home directory

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In , , and :

In :

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