Remember the main purposes of tags:
- To aid in searching, especially when the topic of a question may not be apparent from the title or body.
- To create feeds for the chatroom.
- To enable interested users to subscribe or block certain tags.
I’m not sure this proposed tag change helps fulfill any of these purposes.
- I think it should go without saying that replacing harry-potter, a commonly known term for J.K. Rowling’s universe among fans and laypeople, with potterverse, a much more narrowly recognized one, will make searches much more difficult. That is to say, people are almost always going to search by appending
“harry potter” to their queries, not “potterverse.” The two bring up significantly different results, too: searching for “most powerful wizard allegedly harry potter” brings up our well-known question about why Dumbledore worked “at a glorified boarding school,” whereas just substituting “potterverse” brings up a bunch of listicles. We want the people searching for “harry potter” to come to our site.
- There doesn’t really seem to be any problem with the current harry-potter feeds, which scoop up main series questions, Cursed Child questions, and Fantastic Beasts questions. That is, we’re not missing questions.
- The same goes for subscriptions. Some people might want to subscribe to only main series questions, but it’s easy enough to do that simply by blocking the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts tags.
As for potential confusion with character tags, I think this is a non-issue. I’ve never heard of someone believing that they should only use the harry-potter tag for questions about Harry himself.
And of course, when it comes to it looking neater, that’s something of a matter of opinion. I personally think that, given that “Harry Potter” is the generally accepted name of the universe/franchise, it looks a whole lot neater. “Potterverse” is a somewhat ad-hoc coinage, and “Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling” is a mouthful, designed for advertising, and virtually unknown.