All identification questions are currently lumped under one tag: .

Would it make more sense to separate out the different media and have identify-this-story, identify-this-movie, identify-this-series? I can see two advantage to this format:

  • It allows people to subscribe to only the media that they like. For example a movie buff who doesn't read much could subscribe to identify-this-movie and not bother with identify-this-story. You could still subscribe to all of them by subscribing to identify-this-* (yes, although this isn't evident from the UI, you can use wildcards in favorite tags).
  • There wouldn't be any call for media tags on story identification questions then.

Yes, I'm guilty of creating the story-identification tag, in an imitation of YASID on rasfw. But I now suspect it was a mistake.

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    oh god, not the "identify this thing I can't remember" plague here, too: meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/1455/… Commented Jun 26, 2011 at 10:05
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    @Jeff whether or not to allow these questions was discussed (at length) a long time (in beta terms) back. This question is only about the tags used, not whether they are on-topic, which they definitely are. There was much discussion over your earlier comments, with the conclusion (eventually) that they were not an outright ban.
    – Tony Meyer
    Commented Jun 27, 2011 at 23:33
  • The wildcard-in-tag argument is compelling, although I don't know whether it is reasonable to think that people would discover that they could do that. Is identify-this-story meant for all printed material? If so, I don't think it adequately excludes TV/film (those are stories, too).
    – Tony Meyer
    Commented Jun 27, 2011 at 23:37
  • What kind of series is identify-this-series for? Novels, short stories, movies, radio programs?
    – user14111
    Commented Jul 6, 2014 at 8:57

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My point - it's a bad idea.

From one of my questions, I mistook a book with a movie, there also was an episode where I've been thinking there's an actual filmed version of another story.

Sci-fi and fantasy are .. fantasy, which hooks us with dream world. Lucid dreaming together with poor memory can be disastrous - I've seen here a question, where a "short" (15+ min) Michael Jackson lengthy clip was initially thought to be a full-length movie.

"media" tags? How far you expect to go with it? it-was-on-page-313, omfg-im-sure-its-a-final-battle-scene-and-not-the-intro?

  • +1, agreed. I'd also add: what if someone hasn't seen a movie but is able to make the identification from it's novelization? And where do we stop? Comics? Baseball cards? Radio shows? This is a lousy idea for multiple reasons.
    – user8719
    Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 23:05

I think the new tags you suggest for are a good idea.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy users tend to specialize in either TV and movies or in literature (though some have a vast knowledge of both). Therefore it would allow the users who specialize in one or the other to sort by those tags.

As far as removing the old or the media tags, I'm not sure yet. I could go either way.


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