I wanted to start a discussion about a new feature request related to tags. I am proposing that there might be value in upgrading the tags system and offering more thorough presentations of tags, what each tag should be used for, and examples of appropriate questions for tags.
This is related to the recent Should we tag for play style and mode, more often? discussion question, but is also related to my own personal new user experience of finding myself confused about the finer nature of how different tags should be used even after reading the About and FAQs.
These are some of my ideas about how tags could potentially be improved, and I would be willing to help if feasible:
- More thorough tag descriptions for every tag wiki, including tips such as "do not use this system-specific tag if answers could reasonably apply to many other systems"
- Tag wikis to include well-representative examples of what a fitting question would be for that tag as well as links to meta discussions about that tag and meta discussions about topics that include that tag.
- A better policy of coming back to meta when two or more experienced and respectable members start fighting with tags, switching each others' edits back and forth.
- Tag hierarchy. It may be useful to show a hierarchy of tags for appropriate tags in tag wikis. For instance, specific systems could show the underling tags of specific versions of that system with brief summaries about why a user may want to try those tags instead. A description could explain the difference and why some questions may be best for specific versions and others may be best for the system in general while still others may be best for system-agnostic. This could also extend to popular associated tags that a player may want to consider instead of or in addition to that tag.
These are some ideas that may or may not be wise to employ, but there may be better ideas out there for improving the tags system on rpg and meta.rpg.
The question is,
Is there a need for an improved tag system?