I ran across this question and saw that it was only tagged with , when it was asking about a problem with emacs initialization, although NOT asking about a problem with .emacs / init.el. So the tag doesn't seem appropriate. Is there a more appropriate tag for this situation, or should one be created?

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There is great value in standardizing taxonomy. Or to put it in less expensive words: it is easier to understand each other when we all use the same words. Therefore I favor using the same terminology as the Emacs manual when it makes sense.

Some aspects of Emacs initialization are covered in the manual under “Entering Emacs”, “Emacs Invocation” and “Init File” but none of these aspects are relevant for this question. In the Emacs Lisp manual, the section heading for Emacs's initialization is “Starting Up”, with a subsection Startup. Hence the logical name for the applicable tag is .

We already have a tag called , which is a reasonable and discoverable variation.

  • Very reasonable, thank you. Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 23:54
  • And for debugging startup, two tags: debugging and start-up.
    – Drew
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 18:22

How about to indicate that the question is about emacs with its default configuration? That should make it very clear, that no user configuration is part of the question.

  • That's not the point here. The issue that the question is about is not Emacs with its default configuration, it's what Emacs does when it starts. Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 23:52

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