Should I accept this edit? Or should the tag description be updated? It's probably not very important but it seems that pedantry is the best way to keep things organized on a site like this.
I, Robot is the title of a short story by Eando Binder, published in 1939. It's never come up on the site as far I can tell. Although it is somewhat obscure now, it was a source of inspiration for the young Asimov. This story was one of the earliest ones to portray robots as something other than potentially evil creature who were in danger of overthrowing their creators. A tag for a short story that was somewhat historically important but isn't the object of an avalanche of questions is unwarranted. Our normal policy is to use the author's name, i.e. eando-binder in such cases.
I, Robot is the title of the first collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov. All the stories had been published in magazines before. The collection added a framing sequence and has been reprinted many times, but all the stories have been included in other collections as well. There isn't any intrinsic criterion that distinguishes the stories in that collection from Asimov's other robot stories, so it doesn't make sense to have a tag for this specific collection. Our normal policy is to use the author's name, i.e. isaac-asimov, in such cases, or possibly a tag for the series of works, which would be something like asimov-robot-series (but isaac-asimov + robots is probably good enough).
*I, Robot is the title of a somewhat popular movie (loosely drawing inspiration from some of Asimov's stories, but with a theme of robots revolting against humanity that Asimov and Binder consciously rebelled against). A tag for the movie is warranted since there are several questions about it.
(There have been a few other works with the same title but I don't think any of them are relevant here.)
So we can say that:
- The short story deserves the tag, since it's the “real” I, Robot.
- The collection deserves the tag, since it's the most famous I, Robot. Wikipedia uses this title.
- The movie deserves the tag, since it's the only one of the three that justifies a tag.
I propose to reserve the tag i-robot for the movie. That's what a majority of the questions that currently have it use it for.
I’d have rejected the edit, and then I’d modify the tag description to cover both the book and the movie.
In a community of sci-fi enthusiasts, I imagine the Asimov stories are what come to mind when somebody mentions “I, Robot”, not the 2004 film. Thus the stories should definitely be covered by the primary tag.
There don’t seem to be that many questions either the film or the stories. There are 13 questions currently tagged with [i-robot], and there don’t seem to be many more that mention “I, Robot” and “Asimov” which don’t have the tag. I don’t think it’s worth having two separate tags for the book and the film.