The tag wikis for and say that they should be

Used for questions on the ... genre itself, including its tropes and conventions.

However if you take a look at the tagged questions, they are both used very consistently on story identification questions as stand-ins for the genre in question. About 2/3 of total use across both tags coincides with , while only a small portion actually deal with meta-discussion of the genre as the wikis indicate.

This represents at least 165 tag instances which are very likely misapplied. What should we do about them? Purge them from story identification; change the wiki; ban them; something else?

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    You have 2k rep, get crackin'
    – Kevin
    Feb 6, 2014 at 3:16
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    @Kevin - IIRC, in the past, massive retags were frowned upon (in part because the super-spam both the RSS feeds and "active" questions view) Feb 6, 2014 at 3:17
  • @DVK Yes, yes, it was just a joke. Sort of.
    – Kevin
    Feb 6, 2014 at 3:20
  • If you do go through and retag, just keep it down to no more than 4, maybe 5 in the top 10 active questions page.
    – Kevin
    Feb 6, 2014 at 4:40

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When you see them misapplied, edit the tags on the question to remove them. Don't do this to the existing questions en masse, as that would obnoxiously flood the front page with the edits. Do a few at a time.

Not sure what you mean by 'purging' them from .

  • "purging" as in "do this to the existing questions en masse" Feb 6, 2014 at 3:20
  • @Travis I think you mean something different actually. By "purging", I think you mean removing the genre tags from all story-identification questions. Keen is not talking about the quantity of questions, but the rate at which they're removed: don't do 30 edits in a day and flood the front page with those edits; do as many edits as you need but keep it to a small number of questions per day. Feb 6, 2014 at 4:54

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