Inspired by Why didn't Harry want to be placed in Slytherin?

Do we need a tag? Are there really specialists in sorting hat questions inside the harry potter specialists?

I motion for the burninating of that tag.

  • On reflection, it doesn't seem an obvious candidate for deletion
    – Valorum
    Jul 1, 2015 at 18:08
  • It is funny how this sub does not have a burninate meta tag. Jul 1, 2015 at 18:09
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    @Mindwin “burninate” refers to a special (staff-only?) function that purges the tags from all questions, in a single go. It’s useful on sites like Stack Overflow, where a bad tag may run to thousands of questions, but we don’t have the sort of scale that needs burnination. If a tag is rotten, it’s usually small enough that it can be deleted through editing by high-rep users.
    – alexwlchan
    Jul 1, 2015 at 18:44

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I think we should keep it.

Several reasons why I think it’s an okay tag:

  • It’s not ambiguous. The Sorting Hat – or Sorting in general – are fairly well-defined within the scope of the Potterverse. It’s not too ambiguous or obscure to be not useful.
  • I think the tag is useful. We have a fair number of “Why was X sorted into Y” questions, but also other mechanics about the Sorting Hat. It’s a well-defined category that I think would be difficult to search for without the tag. I have used it in a couple of searches.
  • Are there specialists in the Sorting Hat? I don’t know, but I also don’t think that the lack of specialists means we have to get rid of it. It’s being applied to questions, it’s well-scoped and it describes a major theme in the universe. That seems like a good tag.

    I’m not convinced that we should do anything except leave it be.

(Mild disclaimer: I’m the second highest user in the tag, and my most upvoted answer is also in the tag.)

  • I think we should keep the Sorting Hat tag, as well. For example, one of the Sorting Hat questions (Could the Sorting Hat have told Dumbledore that Harry was a Horcrux) actually contains some fairly critical information regarding Harry's status as a Horcrux. I think it's an important tag and should be left intact. :) Jul 9, 2015 at 19:10

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