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.
Worldbuilding mod here. I would say yes to this proposal; I've seen a lot of questions redirected from Science Fiction & Fantasy to Worldbuilding.
Here's my proposed wording:
If your question is about...
Writing science fiction or fantasy, ask on Writers Stack Exchange.
Creating a fictional situation or universe of your own or investigating ...
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 ...
It seems like tag that would get misused a lot even with a proper tag-wiki. IMO the current tag-wiki is a bit specific and almost seems like a Worldbuilding.SE description.
Overall it does not seem like a useful tag.
Let’s get rid of it
It doesn’t help with searching. There’s only one question with han-shot-first and not the phrase “Han shot first,” and it’s closed. There is arguably one question with “Han shot first” that lacks the tag and should have it, but that’s not particularly relevant. Anyone can just search for “Han shot first” (or even easier, “shot first”) ...
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".
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.
Oddly enough, the name field already had 'Alex' in it. I had to change your avatar to the Identicon in order to change your name. You should be able to change your avatar if you want.
Let us know if you have any other problems.
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.
I think this would be a neutral-to-positive change for us.
(answer format and a lot of content taken from doppelgreener, here, and reworded to be specific to this site)
The accepted answer exists to signal something specific: “this is the solution that I went with, that worked for me.” It originated on Stack Overflow because only one person is in the ...
Let's consider main meta's guide on when to burninate tags, and see how it applies to one of these country tags:
Does it describe the contents of the questions to which it is applied? and is it unambiguous?
No. Whether it describes the contents is arguable, especially in questions like this one which actually is asking about the Russian ...
We already have a broader tag which covers questions comparing books and movies, books and TV shows, comics and movies, or any other set of adaptations of the same work:
For comparing the adaptations of a work to each other, or comparing a work's adaptations to the source work.
I suggest that we synonymise book-vs-movie with ...
I can't think of anyone who would come here and use this tag to find questions about villains; and it seems that this tag wasn't applied correctly anyway.
From another perspective, it's unlikely that this tag will attract experts, or even enthusiasts (though I'm ready to stand corrected on this one).
It's one of those tags - along with love ...
The name shown to flaggers/close-voters when seeking an option in the close menu (currently 21/100 characters):
Future works question
The description shown to flaggers/close-voters after choosing this close reason (currently 485/500 characters):
This question is about future works. Any answers would be purely speculative, ...
I propose a slight variant of your suggestion: that
origins should become a synonym of history-of.
As mentioned in the accepted answer to the previous question you mentioned, origins is a subset of history-of, and there are questions covered by the latter but not the former (e.g. about the development of an idea in SFF rather than its origin).
I have done a mass update to posts, post-history and comments for the following chakoteya urls:
doctorwho → DoctorWho
startrek → StarTrek
nextgen → NextGen
ds9 → DS9
voyager → Voyager
enterprise → Enterprise
If any others are affected, let me know by a comment here; I'll keep the script handy...
(I haven't run the script on "...
UPDATE: merge and synonymisation complete.
You missed one: parallel-universe with 54 questions. Since there doesn't seem to be any widely agreed-upon difference in meaning between "parallel universe", "alternate reality", and "alternate world", and they're usually if not always used to mean the same thing:
I propose that all three of these tags should be ...
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 (...
I think the tag should indeed be deleted. Mainly agreeing with what you have stated in your question. "Water" does not add any value as tag, even to a story-id question. Likewise we do not and should not have tags like "air, fire, dirt" they add no relevance to science fiction or fantasy elements in helping define a question.
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Finally had a bit to get this taken care of. I poked around and noticed that there were 1920 outdated URLs that were redirecting (for most people) from memory-alpha.wikia.com to memory-alpha.fandom.com. While dummy checking this change, I noticed that 390 of these were actually en.memory-alpha.wikia.com but the new fandom URLs don't indicate English, it's ...
To be honest there's not too much generic stuff we can really state to give some guidelines when asking considering the broadness of topics asked about it. That said, considering the nature of our site there are probably a few wording choices that can be tailored to fit a bit better.
The "welcome modal" for new askers (seen with the default text ...
I think this site should continue with the established practice of showing accepted answers first, if only for the sake of the story identification questions. For those kinds of questions, only the user who asks the question can really know whether an answer is correct or not.