I thought of this while reading the “this is DND-ish SE” answer. When the systems you play most have 0 and 11 questions, game tags aren’t a useful option to find questions interesting to you. How do you find questions that are helpful to read or for you to be able to answer?
- As promising as the system-agnostic tag sounds, there have only been less than 10 open questions asked with this tag in the last year or so. It’s just not an effective tag, especially for new questions.
- Filters looked like promising as well but you can’t make a tag filter that only ignores tags. The alternative, making a filter that looks for every non-system tag that exists, is unmaintainable.
- Even ignoring tags doesn’t work. Ignoring DnD doesn’t create a useable question view. Questions that don’t require game/setting knowledge are filtered out because they happened to be tagged with a system tag. The remaining questions usually require knowledge of other systems you don’t play. (And because I’m likely going to play some DnD I would need to be continually switching out the list of ignored tags.)
- At the cost of being hard to set up (you have to filter out DnD, Pathfinder, and then start ignoring other system tags which clutter the results), a search can almost work. Still, like before, there are questions that use a system tag when they don’t need a system answer that would be missed.
- Self-answering is a potential option but not everyone wants to do this.