The other day jmac and I were chatting and he raised the opinion that the software-industry was a terrible tag and he makes some good points.
If someone works for twitter in HR are they in the software-industry? I currently work for an insurance company as a programmer, do I work in the software-industry? You get the idea. A simple solution to this would be to just change the tag to something like software-developer but I think there is more to it than that.
Why do we have an industry specific tag in the first place, I thought they were bad? Well the software-industry tag is wildly popular at least partially because the majority of Stack Exchange users know about SE because of stackoverflow[citation-needed]. Additionally as a software developer myself, I like to think there are a number of unique issue we face such as listing our skills on a resume, frequently having to learn on the job because the industry changes frequently, etc... Until I realized I use to face exactly those issues when I was lifeguard. What I am saying is all industries have unique issues; I don't even think there are more unique issues as a developer compared to other industries. Just because there is a lot of software related questions it doesn't make it okay for them to have an industry specific tag (for all you fellow programmers, just because everyone around you is using floats as their iterator in a for loop, doesn't mean you should).
Additionally the work environments of software developers vary wildly between companies; compare a company which still run a 9-5, waterfall based development shop to companies like Valve which have 100% time (like google's 20% time, but you just work on whatever you want always). The point is, just because we both program does not mean that we face the same problems or the solutions that we face will be the same.
Jmac also raised the point that it is unlikely that we can just burn the tag once and for all since people will just keep creating new tags...
or if you prefer some 7 year old Ian art (thank jmac for this one):
Weigh in! Should we be tempting fate by adding more programming tags? Changing the software-industry tag? Giving poor jmac/mods a bigger sword to try and fight the programming hydra?