Five questions have the tag. I presume that @ibid knows what the tag is for, since he wrote four out of the five questions. Two questions are about Pottermore specifically, but I don't know why the other three have it as a tag.

My suggestion: either write a tag wiki excerpt or remove the tag, presumably with ibid's input.

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    Much like many tags on the site, it is applied to questions where a word is mentioned in the text.
    – phantom42
    Apr 6, 2016 at 3:28

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Having "Pottermore" as a tag only makes sense when the question is about Pottermore. As you mention, this applies to two of the (currently) five -tagged questions:

My best guess is that, for two of the remaining three, it was used because the question was motivated by information gathered from Pottermore:

This is not, to my mind, a good reason for a tag. It's worth pointing out that one of the suggested edit rejection reasons is:

Irrelevant tags

This edit introduces tags that do not help to define the topic of the question. Tags should help to describe what the question is about, not just what it contains.

No sensible interpretation would argue that those two questions are about Pottermore; they're about the Harry Potter canon, and we already have a tag for that.

The final question, Why isn't Draco Malfoy behind bars in Azkaban?, I assume had the tag added as a way to motivate answers - perhaps to indicate that Pottermore is an acceptable source. Again, the question isn't about Pottermore.

If we're going to keep it1, that's the only sensible usage guidance: for questions about the Pottermore website.

1 And, personally, I don't have strong feelings either way; it's clearly not a tag that's getting used a whole lot, but it also doesn't really hurt anyone to have, so long as its use is policed

  • "had the tag added as a way to motivate answers - perhaps to indicate that Pottermore is an acceptable source" - isn't this also how the SW Legends tag is used?
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Apr 6, 2016 at 10:24
  • @Randal'Thor I'm under the impression that Pottermore is only a website, without its own level of canon, rather than forming a Harry Potter extended universe, but I could be wrong.
    – Molag Bal
    Apr 6, 2016 at 13:48
  • @amarillo Pottermore includes a lot of material actually written by JKR, and forms its own level of canon. In fact, according to the accepted answer to the question about HP canon levels, it's the highest level of canon. (Not sure I'd agree with that, but under any interpretation it's pretty damn high on the canon ladder.)
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Apr 6, 2016 at 13:51
  • @Randal'Thor If its level of canon is that high, wouldn't Pottermore canon be acceptable as an answer to any Harry Potter question? For star-wars-legends and star-trek-eu, they're non-canon, so people need to explicitly allow answers from those sources.
    – Molag Bal
    Apr 6, 2016 at 14:20
  • @amarillo I suppose so, but not many people know Pottermore exists (I didn't until I'd spent a while on this site). Casual fans are looking for answers from the books or even the films. FWIW, I agree with Jason's answer - just wanted to note that there's precedent for having a tag to indicate what canon levels the OP wants.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Apr 6, 2016 at 14:28
  • The other two questions were tagged such because they were solely asking about the canonicity of Pottermore content. This was before I found out that we don't have tags for different Harry Potter works.
    – ibid
    Apr 6, 2016 at 19:43
  • I have a different Pottermore question I've been meaning to ask for a while, but it's another self-answer.
    – ibid
    Apr 6, 2016 at 19:47
  • @ibid What do you think the tag wiki excerpt should be for the tag? Are there any questions with the tag that shouldn't have it?
    – Molag Bal
    Apr 6, 2016 at 20:07
  • @amarillo - 1)Questions about the site - yes. 2)Questions about content found on the site - maybe (Based on our policy for individual Harry Potter books, I would say no, but I can see why this might be different. Also, hard to draw the line between this and #1. 3)To indicate that Pottermore is an accepted source - No (standard SFF policy already allows Pottermore answers on HP questions.)
    – ibid
    Apr 6, 2016 at 20:18
  • @ibid Maybe you or I could write a tag wiki excerpt mentioning the first two points, leave your four questions alone, and then remove the tag from the other person's question. Unless you think it would be better to untag any of your questions. I just want to make sure that whatever is tagged pottermore fits the description in the wiki excerpt.
    – Molag Bal
    Apr 6, 2016 at 20:22
  • @amarillo - I removed the tag from two questions, bringing the total down to three.
    – ibid
    Apr 6, 2016 at 20:46
  • @ibid Kevin decided to remove the tag from another question. The two questions that still have the tag are about the website itself. I wrote a tag wiki excerpt--feel free to edit it.
    – Molag Bal
    Apr 6, 2016 at 22:53
  • @Randal'Thor -- Whoa. Not a lot of people know about Pottermore? We hardcore Potter geeks totally know about Pottermore; many of us consider it an important extension of canon. Because you didn't know about it certainly doesn't mean Pottermore isn't a popular site for Potter fans. :) Apr 8, 2016 at 20:57
  • @Slytherincess Of course all hardcore Potter geeks know about Pottermore! Just not most of the rest of us :-)
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Apr 8, 2016 at 20:58

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