We seem to have wound up in a position where we have some weird tag hierarchy issues on this site which have lead to inconsistent tagging practices.
I'll point out some specific examples, but I think it would be helpful to establish a clearer overall policy for the site.
The main question is: how do we want to handle tagging when there are a variety of tags specific to a franchise that range from very general to very specific?
In previous discussions, I've seen both the suggestion that specific tags should only be used for very popular titles. For us, this clearly includes things like star-trek, harry-potter, and star-wars, as well as some others (although "very popular" isn't very well defined, in my opinion).
However, I've also seen an answer implying that franchise tags should only be used for questions that cover multiple titles within the franchse, and, in fact, that's exactly what the tag wiki for star-trek says:
American science fiction franchise created by Gene Roddenberry. Use this tag when asking about multiple series in the Star Trek canon or as a whole.
However, this qualifier is not applied to star-wars, and the franchise tag seems to be applied to everything related to the franchise, regardless of whether the question is relevant to a single work or not (e.g. 30 out of 31 questions tagged phantom-menace are also tagged star-wars).
Similarly, harry-potter has no such disclaimer in its wiki, and, in fact, there do not seem to be any title-specific sub-tags... but there are a bunch of sub-tags that aren't specific to a single title (e.g. voldemort, hogwarts, wandlore, etc.).
This issue also extends to include how we handle author tags:
Of course, that raises an additional question: should author tags be used for movies or shows based off of those books? Does it matter if the author had direct input into the creation of the show/movie, such as George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones?
Because of this, which seems rather a mess (at least to me), I believe we need to clarify our policy on the following points:
- Should franchise tags be used in conjunction with more specific tags that are sub-sets of that franchise, such as sith, or title-specific tags, such as phantom-menace?
- How should author tags be used? Should they apply to every work directly written by the author, questions that are actually about the author (e.g. "Does J.K. Rowling deny writing fantasy?")? Something else?
- Do we want to continue using specific sub-tags such as jedi or hogwarts, and, if so, do they get used in addition to more general tags, or instead of, in cases where the tags are generally redundant?
My hope is that we can get a good, clear policy as an answer here, and then implement it, at which point I'd edit out the "Current Context" section in the hopes this could become a tag FAQ question.