Having recently answered a question relating to stargate, it started me thinking that perhaps we should consider how we're going to organise tags for "franchises" such as Stargate and Star Trek.
The question concerned is tagged stargate and stargate-universe, which I am quite happy with as it treats stargate as the tag for the franchise with sub-tags for the individual series. On that basis, anything pertaining to the movie should probably be tagged stargate-movie?
All that said, if there are individual tags for each part of the franchise, is there a worth to an overarching tag for the franchise? I'd say yes, for example a question titled Are there differences between the stargates in the movie and SG1, SGA and SGU?" could appropriately be tagged stargate.
Amidst all the above rambling (or, the opening act before the titles), I think I've come to pose the following questions relating to the tagging of franchises:
- Should the franchise tag be stargate or stargate-franchise?
- Is it appropriate to have a tag for the overall franchise?
- For something like Star Trek, where there's could be a large body of questions relating to one individual startrek-movie, should we consider encouraging individual tags for each movie, as appropriate? e.g. startrek-movie-generations or startrek-movie-nemesis (I suspect that they should be actively discouraged, at least initially?)