I'm not proposing to burninate all media tags;
I'm just proposing to remove them from questions where they really don't belong.
Media tags in action
- On story-identification to specify what the OP is looking for (example: "I'm looking for a book I read as a kid")
- To differentiate between works released in different media (ie: "I'm looking for an answer from the Harry Potter movies specifically")
I'm not proposing to touch any of these uses.
However, I found there is a third and a fourth use that are both unnecessary and often redundant.
Missing work tags
- Questions about specific works that do not have a this-work tag.
For example, this question about The Road had only one tag: novel. We do have a tag the-road now, but we didn't at the time, so the OP probably thougth "it's a novel, so I'll tag it novel". I edited it to have the proper tag, the-road.
I propose giving all questions like this their proper work and/or author tags.
Department of redundancy department
- Questions where the media tag is simply redundant, because it's used together with specific tags for the work, author, series, franchise and so on, without falling under use 2 (differentiating between different media for the same work or franchise).
For example, this question about continuity between Snow Crash and The Diamond Age had, again, the tag novel. They're both novels, so that's true, but there are no other media we might be confused with, there are no "novel-experts" that might be of any help, so I removed the tag from the question.
- On questions that are tagged with a media tag in absence of a specific tag for that work, tag them with a tag for the specific work, for the series, for the author, or the franchise, preferably using tags already in existence, but creating them if needed.
- On questions that are tagged with a media tag in conjunction with a specific tag for that work, (or author, series, or franchise), simply remove the media tag but only in those cases where the media tag is redundant (in other words, not falling under use 2).
You can either search for the lot of them in one go:
or one at a time:
...and so on. Keep in mind that those numbers are the numbers of results returned by those searches, but, as not all those need to have their tags cleaned, those are not the numbers of edits to be made.
Of course, these will contain many false positives, since it's just a search for media tags not used in conjunction with story-identification.
But I plan to go through these, add work tags and author tags where needed, and remove media tags where unnecessary or even redundant.
Who's with me?
Also see the general tag clean-up effort called Tag Wars.