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I could not add to this question but I would like to know if it is still relevant to use synchronized in computing context or is it considered too formal and it is preferred to use synched/synced instead?

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    Personally I like sunc but I can't get it to catch on (apparently neither can Peter Shor, going by the linked question) . Synched looks old-fashioned, but computing is a huge field and a user manual is very different to an academic paper in terms of formality. This isn't quite the same question, though the answers may overlap. – Chris H Dec 13 '17 at 12:58
  • I normally avoid the issue by using in sync. – Mick Dec 13 '17 at 13:13
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    To what extend do you consider English in a computing context to be different from standard English? Isn't this just a matter of personal opinion? Or are there special rules that apply to the dialect of technical writers? I think the question is either more or less answerable depending on one's assumptions. – Rob_Ster Dec 13 '17 at 15:53
  • That's a tough one @Rob_Ster but I don't think that usually you would refer to something as formally as to say "that needs to be synchronized" or "the server is synchronized", probably more so following the path of what @ Chris H was saying to a writing versus speaking? I know that the in sync of @ Mick could spare us some trouble but what about a "Proceed synchronization" button? That on which you click before you see the "we are now working on your request" sort. Should it become something like "Sync!" and the reply? "You are now in sync"/Synced/Synchronized? Is it ok to use either form? – gracacs Dec 13 '17 at 16:36
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    Sorry and I don't understand why anyone graced that with an Answer here. If you're making a difference between English and some 'computing context' it's entirely up to you whether this or that is too formal and whether it's preferred to use synched/synced instead… – Robbie Goodwin Dec 15 '17 at 22:02
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I would use 'synchronize' when referring to just two items that needed to 'sync up', but then use 'sync' when referring to the entire system, platform, or a group of programs which will be synced all at once.

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    Why? (Hint: improve your answer) – MikeJRamsey56 Dec 13 '17 at 22:08

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