Untag Decade Tags: 70s 80s 90s
Tag Score: -3
These tags are way too broad and it's very difficult to figure out when to use them. They have some very limited use for story identification questions but only if the questioner actually knows what decade the story was from. This makes them impractical for use in finding questions, and unlikely ...
Tag Score: -9
This tag is usually used in a way that should be a synonym for plot-explanation, but is more ambiguous and thus even worse. Again, a majority of our questions are plot questions, making this tag overly broad and thus probably useless.
Unfortunately, it's too long. teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles has 28 characters, which is 3 over the limit. You could try it without the dashes, but that makes for an ugly tag.
What we could probably do, is set up teenagemutantninjaturtles, the ugly no-dash version, as a synonym for tmnt, so that it will be found when searching for tags, but tmnt will be ...
Yes, rename them.
There's a lot of precedent for including the 'the' in the tag name, as mentioned in the question. We don't have to worry as much about running out of characters in the tag name. And it's best to a.) be consistent as much as possible b.) use the official name for the work/franchise.
This does not require a flood of the front page or anything ...
I agree with the general sentiment, I’d just suggest a minor tweak.
We could definitely do a better job disambiguating the ring-related tags. I’d make one change to your proposal.
Rather than using the generic ring tag for The Ring, I’d create a new tag, the-ring, and use that for the franchise. That way, the generic tag goes away, and it’s less likely ...
Tag Score: -1
Much like plot-explanation, this is a tag used only in some of the instances where it is arguably appropriate, but is unlikely to be used for any meaningful search or categorization of questions.
There is also the issue of what people define as a "plot inconsistency", or more commonly a "plot hole".
We should be pretty liberal with creating tags for specific works of science fiction, and here's why I think so (if you don't care, skip down a bit :) )
In my opinion, a "work of fiction" is the core element of "expertise" that exists for the people supplying answers on this site. In other words, the bulk of the answers (not all, but most) start from the ...
Impact: 57 questions
The tag wiki notes that the term can refer to either the end of life of a subject, or the personified entity of death, so there's no clear correct usage of the tag to begin with.
Tag Score: -6
This question arguably applies to over half of the questions on this site, but only gets used haphazardly. This seems proof enough that it's not a good tag -- people do not automatically use it properly just based on it's name, and it can't be used to find "all plot-explanation" questions. Even if it were, ...
After some discussion I'm fine with retagging all star-trek questions with the generic franchise tag. However, I would like it to be a coordinated effort during off peak (ie weekend evening) hours.
It would appear that you have already started changing them, without much discussion or allowing this meta question to receive votes.
Let's have a big round of applause for all those who helped take part in the Big Edit Event (that image shows the number of edits made from Saturday/Sunday midnight up to now; I believe Valorum was the only person who took part on Saturday but less on Sunday):
Special thanks to CreationEdge, who not only did nearly 2000 manual edits all by ...
Rename it and create an 'Avengers' convention
Create a new tag called avengers-age-of-ultron and either make age-of-ultron a synonym (this allows people to find it) or delete it. Additionally, this can create a distinction between the movie and the comics of the same name.
Create a tag called avengers-2012 so that we can make the-avengers-...
These tags need to be renamed:
(done) jonathan-strange → jonathan-strange-and-mr-norrell
(done) captain-america-tws → captain-america-the-winter-soldier (old meta post about it)
(done) captain-america-tfa → captain-america-the-first-avenger
(done) charlie-and-the-chocolate → charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory
(done) tmnt → teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles (...
Warning: this is a long one, mostly review! Skip to the end for the good stuff if you're in a hurry.
I've gone back and read a lot of the earlier questions, and the main problem is they were written when the site was much younger (the main "reference guide" is from 2011), and there were far fewer questions. I think it's worth revisiting how to apply those ...
From the help center's entry on tagging:
A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of connecting experts with questions they will be able to answer by sorting questions into specific, well-defined categories.
Tags can also be used to help you identify questions that are interesting or relevant to you.
While I generally dislike over-normalization, or over-tagging, there are valid uses of the tags.
Currently jedi has 80 questions tagged. sith has 40. Granted, many of those questions can probably do without some of the Jedi/Sith tags they have.
The tags should be used to help specify or categorize the question. A question about the titles and ranks within ...
Let’s get rid of it
The vast majority of the questions listed are standard story-identification questions. Sure, the querents don’t know who wrote the story, but that’s because they don’t know the story. As long as we have this tag, it seems, people will continue putting in on such questions.
A few of these are questions where someone remembers the title (...
There are currently:
16 questions tagged tron but not tron-legacy or tron-uprising, so I assume these 16 questions are only about the 1982 original;
27 questions tagged tron-legacy but not tron, which I assume are only about the 2011 one and for which it wouldn't make sense to tag them with the original Tron tag;
19 questions tagged both tron and tron-...
Franchise Tags / Universe Tags.
I think the current system should be made more clear. Tags should "drill downward" from the largest possible catchment to more specific tags with Series tags used to cover an entire canon universe;
For example, a question about a specific lightsaber fight in Phantom Menace should have a star-wars tag as well as a phantom-...
Yes, we should rename 2001 to 2001-a-space-odyssey.
The proposed tag is more expressive and unambiguous. (You couldn't, for example, mistake it for a year tag.)
We should rename 2010 to 2010-odyssey-two.
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 ...
Do we need it? Yes.
From the FAQ : What are tags, and how should I use them?
A tag is a keyword or label that categorizes your question with other,
Are the questions that are tagged with mars being used correctly? Yes. All of the questions with this tag have questions about films/books and stories that have Mars as a major theme. ...
We certainly shouldn't use show-identification. Definitely use the standard story-identification, and I'm inclined to say tv-series as well. We don't generally include medium, but I think story ID is broad enough to warrant it.
EDIT: I've just completed the retagging of questions about Sanderson and his works. In future, please use the brandon-sanderson tag only for questions about the author, and individual work tags, along with cosmere if the work is part of the Cosmere, as described here.
I recently posted a question here on meta in order to try to pin down what tagging policy ...
tl;dr: I'm skeptical that we need it but I would not likely argue over it, which is just another way of saying "not contentious."
Using our "checklist" here, for me I score xkcd a 7:
Does it make sense to be an "expert in xkcd"? +1 possibly.
Does it make sense for a question to be tagged only with xkcd? -1
Does xkcd have a single, universally-unambiguous ...