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I was looking through the tags looking for some insights on modules to run. However I was getting a lot of questions that were just noise for me.

I would like to propose adding an tag to separate out those types of questions. This is different than , because it might be system agnostic, or system specific.

related: Has [system-recommendation] grown too big for its britches?

As an Example. This question here The Sunless Citadel and its errors is a question which is about a published adventure but not a recommendation.

This question here: D&D 4e Campaigns/Adventures that spell things out for a brand new DM is a question about a published adventure recommendation. Also, notice how they added the tag even though they know that they want to play DnD 4e and are not actually asking for a recommendation on a game, but rather just for an adventure.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ What's "noise"? Please explain more clearly what kind of question you imagine remaining tagged [published-adventure], and what kind would get re-labelled [adventure-rec]. What is the useful distinction you're hoping to achieve? \$\endgroup\$ – BESW Dec 26 '13 at 13:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ @BESW updated my question based on your comment. \$\endgroup\$ – GMNoob Dec 26 '13 at 13:21
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"Game recommendation" is meant to be read as either a recommendations of games to play or recommendations for stuff to use with a game.

...No, it's not ideal semantically, but the whole issue of recommendations is full of compromises. The only alternative that we came up with during discussion of the tag (when it changed from to its current name) was the possibility of using just plain ol' . That was rejected as being way, way too broad. We also considered , but that was rejected on the valid grounds that systems are often not 1:1 mappable to products, so it was too narrow and narrow in the wrong way.

We couldn't find anything good that covered the middle ground we wanted, so we have , with the advice to read it with an "of" or with a "for", as needed. Tags like can be added to make it clear that it's a recommendation request for adventures, and that makes them nicely searchable by plugging both into the search bar. Searching on:

[game-recommendation] [published-adventures]

gives you this list of questions.

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The intent is that [game-recommendation] is the generic shopping tag and it should be modified with [published-adventures] or [campaign-setting] or whatever other product type ([gm-tools]...) you are looking for. Mod your search accordingly.

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The tag is pulling weight for that right now.

I'm not sure that there's sufficient distinction between and to justify adding a new tag to the system. Anyone tagging or searching will find , and there's no useful difference in the kind of expert that would be attracted to the different tags.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ As I explained in the question, the search was muddled with useless information. \$\endgroup\$ – GMNoob Dec 26 '13 at 12:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @GMNoob You didn't mention the [published-adventures] tag, just the [adventure] tag. \$\endgroup\$ – BESW Dec 26 '13 at 12:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Slip on my part! Sorry! I did not realize there were two tags for published-adventure and just adventure But I originally searched by published-adventure \$\endgroup\$ – GMNoob Dec 26 '13 at 13:10

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