Alternatives to Mathematica had only the now-obsolete "big-list" tag on it. I replaced it with but that isn't really appropriate because it is not about guidelines for using Mathematica. How should we tag it? Or since this question really isn't about Mathematica itself should it even be here?

I am not happy with the proposals, and no one made a compelling argument that this question really belongs here, therefore I have Locked it for "historical significance" which is one of the standardized reasons; I think it fits quite well:

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    "External something-or-other"? Perhaps alternative-solutions, although that could be abused and be open to almost any Q about any computational system. Or maybe just punt and call it untaggable :) I think with so many votes, we ought to be able to make room for it. I don't have a suggestion I like.
    – Michael E2
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 17:40
  • If we decide on a comparison there then it could be it for example.
    – Kuba Mod
    Commented Jan 12, 2016 at 7:59
  • "specifically with regard to solving, manipulating and visualising algebraic expressions." <-- Maybe use this part of the question and use symbolic, visualization , etc. to avoid the introduction of new tags for such questions. Why avoid that? Because one might argue that this question is a borderline one ... technically it might belong on SciComp.SE but in practice it may receive better responses here. The TeX.SE equivalent question is tagged typesetting.
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 15:03

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We should create the tag and apply it here.


Perhaps ? The tag wiki should explain the tag is intended for discussions which compare Mathematica with competing systems.

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