alias film_grain -> noise

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I really don't see what's wrong with continuing to use film_grain. It's the better-established tag by a long shot; we've been using it for over a decade. As for the idea that it should be reserved for a particular grain pattern, that just strikes me as incredibly pedantic. I can't recall a single time when someone took issue with a post being tagged film_grain because the pixel variation was too uniform.

Noise, on the other hand, was only populated within the last year, and over half the posts with that tag were tagged by a single individual who was apparently unaware of the older tag. It has ambiguity issues with artists and copyrights formerly tagged noise, and there's the potential for it to be misused for audio noise in videos with sound.

If anything, this alias should be reversed.

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  • Nameless_Contributor said:

    I don't see why we should use the same tag for "when the whole picture has a grainy texture" and "when there is static noise in a TV screen". They are completely different things.

    Isn't that what the static tag is for?

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