This is part of of the Tag Cleanup Effort discussed here.
The purpose of this post is to collect suggestions/nominations/etc for tags that should be part of the site-wide tag cleanup effort that is currently being organized. Please don't use this post to discuss the mechanics of that effort; once I have a few more details nailed down a second post will be going up to discuss "how" to do the cleanup. This post is just for the "what".
If you have suggestions for what tags we should consider adding or removing from questions as part of this cleanup effort, please post an answer. Each answer should include one tag or one very closely related set of tags, for which one of the following is true:
- The tag is a "poor" tag - it does not belong and needs to be removed from all questions and allowed to be garbage-collected
- The tag is a "missing" tag - it is a good tag that would benefit a lot of questions but isn't in use yet, and needs to be created.
- The tag is a "misused" tag - it is current in use but not correctly, and needs to be add to some questions and removed from others.
Each answer should include the name of the (existing or proposed) tag, a brief description why you think it needs to be changed, and a rough estimate (as good as you can manage) of how many questions will be affected. Additionally, I have included a proposed set of "scoring guidelines" to more objectively judge good vs. bad tags that you may also want to include in your proposal - lower scores means worse tags.
(Note that just because a tag is on lots of question does not mean it's a good tag; that's why this coordinated effort exists :))
NOTE: Please do not propose either of the following:
- New tag synonyms for existing "good tags" - Use this question for that purpose
- Anything to do with "character tags" - Please see this question for that quagmire
(blatantly stolen and slightly adapted from Chemistry.SE's tagging discussions)
For each tag, answer the following questions with a "Yes", "No", or "Sometimes" e.g. maybe it's "yes but only in in some cases". (I've modified this a bit based on discussions with it's author based on Chemistry's useage patterns vs. ours; please feel free to leave feedback in the comments on this, as it's just a proposal!)
- Does it make sense to be an "expert* in proposed"?
- Does it make sense for a question to be tagged only with proposed"?
- Does proposed have a single, universally-unambiguous meaning?
- Is proposed likely to be used correctly just based on it's name?
- Are there "enough" (> 15) but not "too many" (> 10% site-wide) questions that qualify for proposed?
- Are people like to use proposed to find questions to answer?
- Are there likely some users (be objective!) who will favorite or ignore proposed?
- Could proposed be reasonably used to feed questions to a specialized chat room?
- Can proposed be used to search for questions (for any reason) in a way that keyword searching cannot accomplish?
* The meaning of "expert" in the context of SF/F may not be obvious. For our purposes, being an "expert" in a tag means: 1) if the only thing someone knew about a question was that it was tagged proposed, that would be enough information for them to feel confident about trying to answer it, and 2) it's reasonable for someone to have a lot of knowledge about proposed as a separate subject, and not only because it's a subset of a larger topic (e.g. would someone know a lot about light-sabers on their own, only because they're an expert on everything about star-wars)
For each "Yes", score +2. For each "Sometimes", score +1; for each "No", score -1. The goal of this score is to identify tags that are "multi-purpose"; since different people use tags for different things, we should strive for tags that cover all the bases.
Very roughly speaking, tags that score > 12 are "good" tags, tags that score < 8 are "terrible" tags, others are likely good but may need some clarification/renaming/etc.