We shouldn't do this
Anakin being Darth Vader is a spoiler and per meta spoilers don't "age away" so we shouldn't be having our tags contain a spoiler.
It also provides quite a nice distinction between the two sides of the person. Anakin and Vader are not really the same person, from a certain point of view, and so it helps distinguish between which part ...
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.
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 ...
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”) ...
I see nothing wrong with question titles including the text of the primary tag, as long as it occurs naturally. Modifying an example from the top of the newest questions page (for a game-of-thrones question), I'd be OK with something like this:
What is the difference between a warg and a skinchanger in Game of Thrones?
but would edit the following:
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 ...
Yes they are relevant
Highly viewed and voted
These questions are by far among the top questions and answers for votes and views. They bring a lot of traffic to the site so even if the answers "are always the same" (more on this later) the amount of traffic they bring in outweighs any downside in terms of what the answers content is. @Rand mentions ...
Yes, they should be tagged harry-potter.
While Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is a particularly well-known piece of fanfiction which has its own tag and a dozen questions about it, there are untold thousands of other fanfictions which are never likely to have more than a single (or even a single) question about them on this site. If someone ...
game-of-thrones is different than a-song-of-ice-and-fire, and, accordingly, they should be considered independently. If a question is asking for information from the books, the question should be tagged a-song-of-ice-and-fire; if it's asking about the show, it should be game-of-thrones. If (and only if) both canons are fine, it should be tagged with both.
No. At least not yet.
'Harry Potter' is well known as a term of reference whereas 'Wizarding World' isn't (yet).
That's basically the main point here. Tags are supposed to be a quick way for people to find questions on a particular topic - including (especially!) people who aren't familiar with this site and its workings and policies, people who might ...
We don't need any of these tags. They're all meta-tags that add very little info to the questions they're used on. They can't be used by themselves, really.
female-characters has 3 followers, character-development has 1 and the others have none.
These tags should be deleted.
I definitely agree that the full tag names are a useful addition to the site - we want people typing e.g. the-original-series to be able to find the right tag, and the possibility of synonymisation means that no information would be lost and people typing e.g. TOS would also find the right tag. However ...
How about using the full names as synonyms for the ...
It's not an inherent spoiler because you're not obviously given the context. The tag would be only a minor spoiler, and only if you view the question. In this case, the question is about a broader topic to try and avoid a spoiler, so it doesn't need the series tag. If the question's title were (massive star-wars spoiler ahead)
then I would be inclined to ...
I'm not running for mod, so I'll help you out with the more controversial solution:
Burn both tags.
Within the context of this Stack, it makes no sense to be an expert in murder or education. They are too broad and to general to be of help for story-identification. These tags are meta-tags that should be deleted.
Wearied as I am by tag tomfoolery, I suppose I do have a warg in this fight.
That being said, most of your complaints aren't actually directed at Tolkien tags; there are secretly two or three different holy wars lurking beneath the surface.
Obviously, there's little reason to get rid of lord-of-the-rings, the-hobbit, and silmarillion. Insofar as separate ...
We have a couple of choices here.
We could simply expand the tag definition to include the movie as well;
("Questions regarding the manga, anime and other adaptations of Death Note")
We could create a new tag for the film - death-note-2017 to distinguish it.
Given that there are likely to be more questions about the film than about the Manga or ...
The main tag has been selected as incredibles-2 with the-incredibles-2 as a synonym of it now.
The film is called "Incredibles 2" not "The Incredibles 2" so we should be using the incredibles-2 tag. And for what it's worth I have rolled back your tag edits for this reason.
As for if a synonym is appropriate in this case, I would assume so to avoid cases ...
fantastic-beasts For the franchise
fantastic-beasts-where-to-find-them For the film, it names the film in full (minus the word "and", which would exceed the 35 character limit for tag names)
I don't think we need a tag for the fictional book; a quick search of questions tagged [fantastic-beasts] from before 2016 yields only 3 questions with only 1 ...
During a discussion in chat about the possibility of a scene-identification tag, I noticed that there was a missing-scene tag with a single question. I then edited that question to remove the tag. You just happened to notice it at precisely the time when it no longer existed but was still shown in the system due to caching. As of now, it no ...
So, I just found out that y'all have some rule about tagging being reserved for "major characters".
I found out about it because almost four years later people are still arguing about it.
If it takes an acrimonious discussion for every tag to establish whether or not it's appropriate, the test you're using is broken. You're letting the perfect become the ...
Tags are supposed to be reasonably general, enough to make it worth one's time to favorite / follow them. Single episodes don't meet that criteria, and so they don't need their own tag. Accordingly, I have removed them from the questions.
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.
No, we don't need tags for each book.
I say this for purely pragmatic reasons: out of the 675 a-song-of-ice-and-fire questions, 662 of them are not tagged with any book in the series. For the most part, people on the site have managed just fine without tags for these books.
If we want tags for each book, then to make our tagging consistent, someone would ...