There seems to be a glut of new questions prompted by the release of the movie "Martian".

If this film (haven't seen yet) is as different from the book it's based on as the usual pattern is, we should probably police film-specific questions and tag them with or as appropriate.

Should we?

  • I'm looking forward to having a gold tag for "movie". Pretty much the most useless gold tag ever.
    – Valorum
    Jun 21, 2016 at 19:59
  • @Valorum - nope, that'd be "Discussion" gold tag in Meta, i venture. Jun 22, 2016 at 0:15
  • @DVK-in-exile - That one's a positive menace. I'm scared to vote anything as a dupe for fear of spawning yet another "WTF did Valorum do now?" meta-discussion
    – Valorum
    Jun 22, 2016 at 0:21
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    @Valorum - when I dupehammer, I tend to leave a very nice comment explaining that I did so, and if the OP strongly disagrees, to leave a comment explaining why I'm wrong. So far, i don't think i had a single instance of drama originating from dupehammered OPs that I recall. Whether it's because of my form, or because of my reluctance to close when i'm not ironclad 100% sure, is unknown. Jun 22, 2016 at 0:23
  • @DVK-in-exile - I suspect it's because I use the dupehammer quite a lot. I could just as easily let things slide, wait for a few users to pile on and avoid the drama but why the hell should I? If it's a dupe, it's a dupe. That's why I've got the badge in the first place. If I'm supposed to feel ashamed of using it, then they shouldn't give them out.
    – Valorum
    Jun 22, 2016 at 0:26
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    @Valorum - the fact that disagreed with at least a couple of your dupehammers means that you may be erring on the side of not-quite-always-correctness. (not because it's me or because i'm always right, but because disagreement exists at all). Jun 22, 2016 at 0:29
  • @DVK-in-exile - Despite my brash attitude, I have never openly claimed to be infallible. Obviously I think it, but I don't say it out loud.
    – Valorum
    Jun 22, 2016 at 0:30
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    @DVK-in-exile - Cue extensive meta discussion "Valorum said in a comment that he thinks he's infallible, quite how offended should I be on a scale of 1 (very) to 10 (very very)?"
    – Valorum
    Jun 22, 2016 at 0:32
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    @Valorum - admitting to fallability tends to help avoid drama, in my experience. People tend to get aggravated by arrogance, even if arrogance is warranted Jun 22, 2016 at 0:33

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The movie isn't particularly different from the book. It's obviously a shortened version of the tale. However, a couple events are changed from the book, but I think that's minor enough that we don't need special tagging. The content of questions will likely make it clear which version the question is about.

  • I would take this over my answer, until we get enough questions, if ever.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Oct 4, 2015 at 17:29
  • Thanks, seems sensible. I'll provisionally accept unless someone comes up with more persuasive arguments to do something else. Oct 4, 2015 at 17:35

I don't think it's beneficial to use the Metatag . I'd be more in favour of using


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