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I'm not a usual reviewer but I occasionally try to give a hand. Lately I've met a lot of suggested edits retagging brandon-sanderson in any question related with his works, not questions about the author himself.

Following this question I assume it's an unnecessary retag and reject it, nonetheless I see the active questions list is full of these retagged questions.

Am I correct in rejecting the edits? Should I erase the other retags? How should we proceed so as not to start an edit war?

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EDIT: I've just completed the retagging of questions about Sanderson and his works. In future, please use the tag only for questions about the author, and individual work tags, along with if the work is part of the Cosmere, as described here.


I recently posted a question here on meta in order to try to pin down what tagging policy we should be following for the works of Brandon Sanderson. The consensus there was that we should be using only for questions about the author himself and using as the franchise tag covering all his works (which is roughly what is currently being used for).

We still need to sort out the tagging of the existing questions, of course. This will be done by making a list of which questions are sufficiently author-oriented to merit the tag, then merging that tag into and re-adding it manually to those few questions. This task is high up on my to-do list, and I'll start on it as soon as I've finished sorting out the author-ID tag.

In the meantime, I'll make the user who's been suggesting those edits aware of the above-linked meta post about Sanderson tags, and ask them to hold off on further such edits until the time comes to properly sort out the and tags (at which point, of course, they'll be very welcome to help with the necessary retagging).

TL;DR: let's all hold off on Sanderson retagging until we know exactly what needs to be done.

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    Or we could hold off doing anything at all. Always a fine option, oft not considered. – Valorum Nov 28 '16 at 19:07
  • @Valorum Thanks for your input, but that option was already considered on the linked meta post and the consensus was otherwise. – Rand al'Thor Nov 29 '16 at 12:45
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    I don't think the relevant parties got this memo.... – Radhil Nov 29 '16 at 18:28
  • @Radhil Well, that question needs the Cosmere tag whatever our tagging policy is, since it's about the Cosmere as a whole. They did get my ping. – Rand al'Thor Nov 29 '16 at 22:05
  • On the topic of retagging brandon-sanderson work to the cosmere tag, would a question like this need to be retagged to something other than tolkien, possibly tales-from-the-perilous-realm (which is a non existing tag) to keep it consistent, or is this change only happening with brandon-sanderson and cosemre ? – Edlothiad Dec 12 '16 at 15:10
  • @Edlothiad I retagged that particular question (I'd already been planning to, having noticed it earlier while not logged in), but in general, sorting out our Tolkien tags is a very big operation which will have to be organised carefully, and which I don't think we're really ready to embark on yet. (Mass retags can be controversial around here!) See also Let's figure out our Tolkien tags. – Rand al'Thor Dec 12 '16 at 20:56

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