Surprisingly, we have 5 questions, and only 3 questions (no though).

We should consolidate them. Which version do we prefer?
or ? ? ? ?

Is search engine optimization a concern here?


I'd choose for the whole process of copying/cutting and pasting text around, because that's one everybody (both beginners and advanced users) would understand. Tags shouldn't trigger questions.

Another reason is that it could happen that kill and yank are not the only way, or not the more natural, to achieve the wanted action (for example rectangle regions, CUA functions...).

and can still be used when the question specifically refers to the behavior of the corresponding function.

You didn't ask it, but I don't think we'd need a either, this could be synonymized to . After all, "copy" = "cut and paste twice", isn't that how everybody does that? ;)

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    Depends what I'm copying. If I have already grabbed a specific section of text (mid-line to mid-line) I'll usually remember to copy. Otherwise it'll usually be kill(-line) and then yank because I still need it. – Jonathan Leech-Pepin Oct 8 '14 at 12:48
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    Who uses “cut and paste”? No Stack Exchange site has a cut-paste tag. Emacs is the 9th to get a copy-paste tag. So yes, copy-paste is the way to go, with possible more specialized tags such as kill-ring. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Oct 8 '14 at 20:42

Use , which is the common layman term, as the main tag. While Emacs reserves paste to mean pasting from some operating system clipboard outside Emacs, is the most discoverable tag for most users. The menu nowadays calls the commands Cut, Copy and Paste.

Make and synonyms. While these are the correct Emacs terms, they aren't known outside Emacs (and may even have different meanings).

Some questions may warrant more specialized tags, such as for questions about manipulating the kill ring (e.g. select from menu). Interacting with the OS copy-paste functionality is one such subtopic; there are currently two (1 2) questions about this, tagged . I'm not sure if that's the right name, as the difference between and isn't really apparent.

  • Those two seem to deal specifically with the interaction between system clipboard and Emacs kill-ring. – Jonathan Leech-Pepin Oct 8 '14 at 21:16

I would say , because it is this how Emacs calls them.

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