I noticed that here on meta there are many Film/TV show and franchise tags, like:

On the main site they make sense but do we really need them on meta too?

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    At the very least, [disney-star-wars] is pretty redundant when [star-wars] already exists.
    – Stevoisiak
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 2:15
  • @StevenVascellaro Fair enough; merged those two. (Even if we do end up getting rid of all of them, that'll be easier the fewer tags we have to search for.)
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Aug 18, 2017 at 9:49
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    Although I disagree, the consensus here is reasonably clear, so I've gone ahead and nuked the tags in question. (This had the side-effect of remapping their 'followers' to the discussion tag, so there will probably now be some irritated people getting notified about every discussion question rather than just star-wars or star-trek questions. But so be it.)
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 16:04

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Meta is the place to discuss the workings of the site itself. Inherently questions on Meta are not about a franchise or work.

This is why Meta has one of four required tags (support, feature request, bug, and discussion).

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    But those questions on meta are not (or should not be) about the franchise or work itself, they are about the tag or the tagged questions on the main stack and as such are about the workings of the site.
    – SQB
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 9:19


But not because of the franchise.

We tag questions on meta with tags that describe what the question is about. That's what tagging is for.

For some of the larger or more complex tags on the main stack, the need can arise to discuss these main stack tags (or the questions in it). Examples of these indeed include and , which both have numerous sub-tags and thousands of questions, but also , which isn't a franchise, but still has a meta co-tag for its main stack tag.

This does not mean that every tag on the main stack should have meta counterpart, nor that every "large" tag on the main stack (for varying definitions of "large") should have one.

Only those main stack tags that are begin discussed on meta in several questions, may find a co-tag on meta useful.


Yes, because these tags do reflect common topics of meta discussion.

Sometimes meta questions are specifically about a particular franchise, even requiring expertise in that franchise in order to be answered: see for instance Star Wars/Canon/Disney Revisions or Which canonicity is more right in a Legends question? in the tag. Just as issues surrounding story-ID often need special consideration that other tags don't (hence not only our tag on meta but also similar tags on other sites' metas), so might issues surrounding, for instance, Star Wars or Star Trek. These massive franchises, taking up a large proportion of questions on the main site, are valid topics of meta discussion for our community.

Besides, what harm do these tags do?

  • So rule made for Star Wars will be different then Star Trek in meta? Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 7:35
  • @JonSnow Yes, obviously. For example, Star Wars has its own canonicity rules which are different from Star Trek's. Discussion about when to use the star-wars-legends tag, for instance, are specific to this franchise and irrelevant to all others.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 7:46
  • But we don't tag meta question with everything we can, it should be relevant. I mean on other SE sites we don't do that Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 7:53
  • @JonSnow How is star-wars not "relevant" to a question about how we should handle Star Wars canonicity issues on SFF.SE? And other SE sites do use meta tags associated with particular main-site tags; I even linked to an example in this answer, from the site where you're a mod.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 8:33
  • Identify tag is not a Film/TV show and franchise tags and if you didn't noticed my question is not about story-identification tag Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 8:57
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    @JonSnow no, but I agree with Rand al'Thor that might want to discuss "large" tags from the main stack; story-identification is another example of such a tag.
    – SQB
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 9:04

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