We have the tag for questions related to Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, used on 20 questions.

I propose we rename the tag to the full name of the movie — — since that is much clearer and make a synonym.

The movie and the book share the exact same title (see Wikipedia, and the IMDb and ISFDb entries). This is not the case with the sequel, which is called 2010: Odyssey Two for the book and 2010 or 2010: The Year We Make Contact for the movie.

Any ideas if and how to rename the tag ?

is done. I'll wait a while before doing and any other related tags.

Do we need a tag for the franchise?*

is done. I've also created a tag for 3001, so we now have

I think using for questions about the franchise should suffice.


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    It isn't even necessary to make the synonym, since it's inlcuded in the full title and should thus come up when typing just "2001".
    – TARS
    Jan 5, 2016 at 13:10
  • Is there a way to do this in one go, or should we just edit the questions?
    – SQB
    Jan 5, 2016 at 14:10
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    I believe mods can do a tag rename; I'm struggling to think of another use for 2001, so that may be a good option (and we can always re-create 2001 later if we need it - I think) Jan 5, 2016 at 14:27
  • Planet of the Apes was released in 1968. In 2001 another version of the same movie (same title) was released. Might be enough to cause confusion
    – Oak
    Jan 6, 2016 at 11:24

1 Answer 1

  • Yes, we should rename to .

    The proposed tag is more expressive and unambiguous. (You couldn't, for example, mistake it for a year tag.)

  • We should rename to .

    There's very little to choose between the book or the film title. I'm inclined to lean towards the book for a few small reasons:

    • The film is based on the book, not the other way around. The Wikipedia entry for the film:

      It is a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and is based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel 2010: Odyssey Two.

    • The book titles (2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: Odyssey Two, 2061: Odyssey Three and 3001: The Final Odyssey) are clearly part of a common series, in a way that's less obvious from the film titles.

As for the mechanics, I think we should just edit the tags by hand (assuming we don't fall afoul of the "this tag is too similar to an existing tag" checks). Editing 24 questions can be done quite quickly.

Once we have the longer tags, anybody attempting to use the short version will have the longer version suggested. The benefits of a tag synonym are minimal.

  • Do you think we need a tag for the franchise?
    – SQB
    Jan 5, 2016 at 20:57
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    Maybe editing 24 questions is fast, easy and not too intrusive, but just letting the moderators rename the tag is even faster, easier and non-intrusive.
    – TARS
    Jan 6, 2016 at 1:54

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