Currently we have marvel-comics/marvel and dc-comics/dc which are the franchise-level tags that are equivalent to harry-potter, star-trek, and tolkien-legendarium. Old-school policy suggested we use them on pretty much any question regarding properties put out by those publishers, and then add the sub-tags like x-men as necessary. That's how we generally do things with most properties, today.
However, there's a major lack of use of these tags, particularly when it comes to some of the publisher's biggest properties:
- Superman has only 161 questions tagged with DC vs 235 without
- Batman has only 192 questions tagged with DC vs 266 without
- Avengers has only 118 questions tagged with Marvel vs 183 without
- Thor has only 81 questions tagged with Marvel vs 102 without
- X-Men has only 189 questions tagged with Marvel vs 267 without
The list goes on. Basically, all of the tags big enough to be easily seen on our tag map have this problem, where > 50% of the tags are missing the publisher franchise tag.
What should we do about these tags, or how should we be using them?
Is it even necessary to tag batman with dc-comics? Should we make exceptions for the major franchises from those studios? If so, which tags/characters should be considered their own top-level franchise tags?
Keep in mind, retroactive fixes are rare. The new frontpage that will be launched soon may change things, and this weekend is an exception, but I'm not asking necessarily how to fix the problems we have now all at once. Instead, I'm wondering about a policy for all future questions and a way to make trickling edits as the opportunities organically develop over time. Leave it be isn't an answer because what we're doing right now is apparently worse than flipping a coin to decide whether or not to apply the tags.