I'm not clear on when to use the tag and/or the tag. It seems to me that about 70% of the questions tagged are asking about origins and would fall under the definition of the tag. On the other hand, many of the questions tagged are about the history of the genre. (According to the definition of the tag I'd expect all of the questions to be historical.)

Please explain (preferably with an example for each case) what questions should be tagged rather than , what questions should be tagged rather than , and what questions (if any) should get both of those tags.


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According to the Tag Wikis, is "a tag for questions that seek to identify the first appearances of specific things in the world of scifi and fantasy, like characters, items, themes, and/or theories."

is for "Questions about the history of the genre".

So, in theory, seems like a clear subset of . I can't think of a single example where would be appropriate where it would also not be appropriate to have .

As you pointed out, their use has been pretty inconsistent. I see quite a few "first appearance" questions that lack , but include , and vice versa.

In my opinion, we don't need both tags, and in fact, having both is causing enough confusion in their use to hinder any benefit from either of them.

I would propose merging them, and having as the master. If we make that change, we should also update the tag wiki for : "This tag is for questions about the history of the world of scifi and fantasy, including, but not limited to, identification of the first appearances of specific things, like characters, items, themes, tropes, and/or theories" (suggestions are welcome for further improving the tag wiki).

  • Good answer. A few nitpicky suggestions and questions about the proposed wording. (1) Change "like" to "such as". (2) Maybe change "and/or" to "and" or "or"? (3) Not sure what "world" means in "history of the world of scifi and fantasy"; would the meaning be any different if it were "history of the genre(s) of scifi and fantasy" or just "history of scifi and fantasy"? (4) Is the unhyphenated "scifi" the preferred spelling here, or does it vary randomly between "scifi" and "sci-fi"? I see that there are tags named hard-sci-fi and soft-sci-fi.
    – user14111
    Sep 6, 2013 at 21:39
  • 1) sounds good. 2) I tend to prefer and/or, as it openseither ppossibility , but I'm not dead-set on it. 3) I don't particularly like world either. I like genre better. 4) I'm honestly not sure. I suspect it's random. I like "scifi", but the convention is is usually to hyphenate tags, so that might be contributing.
    – Beofett
    Sep 6, 2013 at 22:17
  • +1 . Frankly, I was assuming origins (without reading the Wiki) was about origin stories of SFF characters, so this tag is DOUBLY misleading. Sep 6, 2013 at 23:07
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    status-completed - see here.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    May 5, 2016 at 13:40

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