This is what books reads as:
Use this tag only to differentiate the book from the movie or other media. For questions about a specific book, use the author's name as a tag (plus the series or book title for popular authors). If applicable, use a more specific tag instead (novel, short-stories, comics).
This guidance is not only at conflict with our existing policies, but it's not really how the tag is used anyway.
- We no longer add author's name as a matter of course when a single work tag should do
- Only 180 of the 730 books questions are not used with story-identification
Now, there are other issues that still exist with how we use media tags, but this is the only one that specifies usages that aren't accurate/helpful and now actually encourages tagging against policy.
At a minimum, should we update the guidance to be more in line with the rest of the media tags, so that it reflects actual usage, or at least doesn't encourage creation of more authors tags? If yes, what should our new excerpt be?
If not, why? What should we do instead?
Retagging/tagging discussions around this tag and media tags are varied, and we've hit a bit of a standstill, but that doesn't mean we can at least improve this as a separate issue.