I just noticed that we have a tag . This seems fairly useless: it's impossible for someone to be an expert in "authors" generally; we already allow tags for specific authors, and what does it even mean for a question to be "about authors" in general?

There are currently 38 questions with this tag, which can be categorised as follows:

About a specific author

Author identification

Basically bog-standard story-ID


Certainly some of these don't need to have an tag, but do any of them? Should we keep the tag - and, if so, what usage guidance should it have - or is it too vague to be useful?

Relevant reading: What to do with the [author-identification] tag? Apparently we had an tag before and got rid of it (and apparently I was part of that process, but I don't remember it). My feeling now is to reintroduce it, as a useful way of identifying a half-remembered author without reference to a single specific story, but let's see what other people think.

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    Oh, goodness, your title is rich....I had to pause and laugh before reading the (also good!) question!
    – Basya
    Commented Feb 19, 2023 at 13:10
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    @Basya :-) it's a bit of a tradition here to give punny titles to tag burnination requests on meta.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Feb 19, 2023 at 13:48
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    Well, I certainly enjoyed this one!
    – Basya
    Commented Feb 19, 2023 at 13:51
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    I really only see a few questions that might really warrant this tag, and don't have a better option. But I am not sure what we should do, for example, with a question like, "Looking for any biographical info on Terence Haile, author of Space Train". There's not a [terence-haile] tag and it seems that it would be unlikely we'd want one....
    – Basya
    Commented Feb 19, 2023 at 14:12
  • @Basya I think if we start having those questions, there's definitely scope to create that tag.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 17:19
  • -1 for the cute title.
    – user14111
    Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 0:45
  • Personally, I think that the [author] tag is appropriate if the question is about the author. Presumably a tag about a [specific-author] might be used for question about their canon of work and non the author themselves. And in other cases, there is no such [specific-author] tag. Commented Mar 1, 2023 at 16:28

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Here's what I'd propose we do with these:

  • About a specific author - create a tag for that author
  • Author identification - create/use
  • Basically bog-standard story-ID - delete the tag
  • Other ... various tag suggestions
  • Some of these are a bit of a stretch -- though my main issue would be that a lot of askers would not necessarily make these associations and it might be hard for them (us..) to pick the right tag. author-id no longer exists -- are you suggesting removing [authors] and reinstating [author-identification]?
    – Basya
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 18:10
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    @Basya yeah these are definitely on the spandex side of stretchy. People may not make the right association straight away, but we can teach people. Also, I don't think [author-id] nor [author-identification] exist yet, but one would be a synonym for the other
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 16:42
  • There was an author-identification tag and it was removed, for good reason. That meta question is linked to this one already.
    – Basya
    Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 16:57
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    Maybe a disputed-authorship tag when the authorship is disputed.
    – Spencer
    Commented Feb 24, 2023 at 16:09

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