I've been looking through the gm tag, and it looks to me like it's not a particularly useful tag. Here are my thoughts:
- The tag is not specific enough, as it doesn't say much about the question.. Saying that it has something to do with the GM doesn't really help anyone in looking for questions. Additionally, as far as metadata goes, this isn't that great.
- The presence of tags like problem-gm, gm-techniques, new-gm, gm-preparation, gm-tools, gm-less, etc. obsolete the gm tag.
The second point obviously needs a bit of justification. So, here goes.
- Many (most) questions tagged with gm are also tagged with a more specific gamemastsery tag. This makes the GM tag itself entirely moot on these questions.
The questions which do not have the gm tag should either not have the tag at all, or should be retagged with a more specific gamemastery tag. I will take four examples from the front page of the questions list as anecdotal evidence:
- "What information a DM should have at hand when in an encounter?" should probably be retagged with gm-preparation or gm-techniques.
- "To what extent is reskinning acceptable?" may not need the GM tag at all, as it's more of a game mechanics question. It could potentially be reworded to fit the gm-techniques tag, though.
- "How do you scale up a premade adventure's difficulty when you have additional PCs?" is very obviously gm-techniques.
- "Knowledge (Local) or Diplomacy to Gather Information?" is another mechanics question, and probably shouldn't have the GM tag.
What are the community's thoughts on this? Should we begin (slowly) retagging these questions where appropriate, or should we keep the gm tag?
Does this tag have a purpose I'm not seeing?
(Quick note: I've read this question and I think this needs significant revisiting. I don't think a synonym will cut it, in this case.)