Is the system-agnostic necessary anymore? We have quite a number of questions tagged with it, but does the tag actually add value?
I'm asking because I recently had system-agnostic identified as one of my frequented tags. Looking through the list, it occurred to me that there was almost no relation between the questions that were being highlighted.
system-agnostic feels a lot like a "meta tag," (which are bad). What is a question exclusively tagged system-agnostic about? Does that tag provide meaning?
It might just be that I'm feeling a little down on overly-generic questions, but it seems to me that system agnostic questions would be better off scoping themselves in the question body.
Thoughts? Anyone feel the need to defend system-agnostic?
For reference, these are the questions tagged exclusively with system-agnostic:
How do underground tunnels stay up? Is it possible to dig under a castle wall without magic to support the tunnel?
Recommendations for Arctic Campaign Sites/Settings
Why does everyone carry a 10' pole?
What characterizes a "Modern" role playing game or gaming system?
What are these questions about?
I'm seeing this tag start to slowly infect old questions, so I'll try again to present my viewpoint on it.
Consider this question: How can I make a Mi-Go city seem dangerous?
It's tagged with the systems gumshoe and trail-of-cthulu tags. What does this have to do with system-agnostic?
Take a look at my answer.
This is a good answer to the question, by any metric you care to name. It is highly upvoted. It received favorable response from the question author via comments. For a while it was even accepted by the question author. This is not to say that it's the best answer (a better one came along later), but it is a good and desirable answer.
This answer is system agnostic.
So, given that system-agnostic answers to the question are desirable, should this question have the system-agnostic tag added in addition to its system tags?
If not, where is the line? Does the author have to decide between system agnostic answers and systemic answers? Do they need to ask the question twice with different tags? Who would be interested in system-agnostic when it stands alone, but uninterested in it when it's used in conjunction with a system (any system)?
Again, what is the purpose of this tag, and what does it represent? Is this something we need to add to every soft question that isn't strictly a rules lookup? Is it a tag to say that systemic answers are unwelcome (and if so, how does that apply to homebrew or off the cuff systems developed specifically for the question?)?