Questions about Brandon Sanderson and his works are getting ever more frequent on this site, and yet I'm unclear on how our tags in this area should be used. Here's what we have at the moment:
brandon-sanderson, the author tag, with 61 questions most of which don't relate specifically to the author or to his works as a whole but are about some specific book or series of his. One user seems to have made it their mission to add this tag to all questions about Sanderson's works.
cosmere, the universe tag (?), with 20 questions most of which are about the Cosmere as a whole, although a few relate only to a specific book or series within it.
According to the highest-voted answer to What is the correct usage of individual works tags vs. author tags vs. franchise tags?, the general guidelines for author vs franchise vs individual work tags are:
- If the question is about a work of fiction, it always gets a tag; if we have to create one, we do that (give it a tag wiki, etc.) If there's confusion over what to call it, bring it to meta.
- If the work in question is part of a larger franchise, also give it that tag always. This makes it easier for people to follow/ignore/etc. one tag and cover the entire franchise. (For example, I believe all questions about MCU movies should be tagged as such, even if the question is localized to one movie, so I only have to follow one tag.)
- If the question is asking about a) aspects of the author's life, or b) aspects of the author's work that are not specific to a single work or franchise, then we tag the question with the name of the author.
I'm not familiar enough with all of Sanderson's works to be certain, but I believe the Cosmere covers nearly everything he's written. If this is the case, should we be using cosmere instead of brandon-sanderson on all questions about Cosmere works (even those specific to a single book) and using brandon-sanderson only on questions relevant to the author himself? (Note that the easiest way to implement this change would not be to retag all brandon-sanderson questions, but to merge that tag into cosmere and then retag only the few questions which are about Sanderson himself.)
Or should we stick with the current usage: considering brandon-sanderson as more or less a franchise tag and using it on all questions about any of his works, with cosmere being used only for questions about the Cosmere as a whole? One argument for this is that more people are likely to be familiar with the name Brandon Sanderson than the word Cosmere. Someone new to Sanderson who wants to post a question about Mistborn is unlikely to have even heard of the Cosmere.