I may be missing something, but right now, other than by reading this meta, newcomers won't know they should be tagging their system. We have some suggestions on how to address it (Can our tag-prompt nudge toward including system? - which was sadly deferred because it seems changing it is hard due to how SE works), but as of now, I don't see anywhere (again: I may be missing it) stating how important it is.

So, can we (easily) change the [tour] page? If we can, is there an appropriate place to include the importance of tagging (or at least stating) the system you are playing somewhere?

If we can't, is there anywhere we can easily, accessibly include this information? It keeps to be one of the main reasons I see questions being closed, and I feel we should be able to do better in introducing this concept to new people than having their questions closed, commenting this rule, hoping for their edit and then reopening it.


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As you found in comments, there's only three places we can edit in the tour: the blurb at the start, the sample question, and the on-topic/off-topic lists. This doesn't fit into any of those.

I'll caveat this by bringing to attention that this isn't about tags per se, it's just about having system information. Expressing that in a title or the body is just as good. We can add the tag subsequently ourselves as long as they tell us the system they're using somewhere. (This isn't even about how much information counts as guessing, I just mean saying “I'm playing D&D 5e” in the question title or body is just as good as having the tag on the question.)

As part of making progress on this issue, we should be careful we don't over-focus on one part of it (tags) lest we lose sight of the forest for the one tree we're focusing on. For example, if we have features that guide people to state their system inside the question body instead, those would be extremely useful for helping us make progress on the issue.

(I say this slightly lamenting that I over-focused on tags recently as well. Despite the way that other question puts it, we don't have a system tag policy—we just have a “say what game you're playing” policy.)

  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah I agree that we just need the system to be said. But usually what I see happening is that then someone removes the system from the body and puts it in the tag, lol. Anyway, this seems to be one of the main reasons questions get closed around here and I was hoping we could have a proactive way of informing the users about the policy rather than the reactive that we do now - which is IMO very inefficient in terms of manpower haha \$\endgroup\$
    – HellSaint
    Commented Jun 23, 2020 at 17:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @HellSaint Oh, yeah, folks will often do that. It's not necessarily the best practice for us to be responding that way (we could just leave the info in the body and add the tag) but it's still enough that the person says it there in the first place. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 23, 2020 at 18:30

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