We currently have two main science fiction sub-genres tags, being hard-sci-fi and soft-sci-fi, the usage of which is unclear and poorly defined. The tag wiki for hard-sci-fi makes an attempt at defining it but isn't very clear and seems to invite RWSE questions.
Hard science fiction is a term for works in the science fiction genre which apply a strict, rigourous, consistent scientific model for the universe. The term is formed by analogy to the distinction between the "hard" (natural) and "soft" (social) sciences - approximate ways of characterizing stories with a position on a scale from "softer" to "harder", not a binary classification.
hard-sci-fi tag wiki excerpt
The wiki for hard-sci-fi goes on to list the following three things:
- Asking for story-identification of hard sci-fi.
- Asking questions about how particular hard sci-fi relates to currently understood physical laws.
- Asking questions about how the science of a story relates to current technology.
The first seems to be the logical usage for this tag, in the same way we have various fantasy sub-genre tags which are used for story-identification purposes (which seems logical). However, the latter two seem to promote the asking of RWSE questions which are explicitly off-topic.
Their is no tag wiki for soft-sci-fi and the only thing we have to work with is the wiki excerpt outlined below.
Soft science fiction is a term for works in the science fiction genre which do not apply a rigourous scientific model for the universe. It can also be used to describe work where the science fiction aspect is incidental to the story (the same story could be told without the science fiction elements).
soft-sci-fi tag wiki excerpt
This provides no usage guidance for the tag but rather what the usage of the phrase itself is.
What should we do with these tags? Should we make them story-id only? Should their usage be the same/similar? If we choose to make them story-identification sub-genre tags should we also open them to the usage that science-fiction-genre is currently being used for?