Brian suggested, as part of an answer to the D&D Next/5e dilemma, that be changed to , and be used for 5e (since that’s how WotC’s branding it). That was quite unpopular, particularly since 6e will likely also be branded as Dungeons & Dragons without specifier, and then we have the same problem again.

But I think making and making a synonym of it has a lot of merit. It means anyone who tries to tag their question will have that change to , immediately making it clear what the tag actually means, and potentially saving us some fixing. It’s also consistent with the rest of the D&D tags, which is nice.

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    \$\begingroup\$ And messes with our SEO in the bargain. \$\endgroup\$
    – mxyzplk
    Commented May 21, 2014 at 15:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mxyzplk Well, that's a matter of priority. To me, having the site work better and more intuitively is more important than SEO, but I suppose it might be a significant loss of SEO for a minor improvement in usability. I don't know enough SEO to say. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Commented May 21, 2014 at 16:37

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Do not do this, it is counterintuitive (basically removes one of the most common terms ever from the tag space) and damaging to SEO.

Worse than the cons - there is no reason for it. As mentioned in the other Q, 4e also brands itself as non versioned "D&D" and that has not been an issue. Tag wikis and autocomplete and synonyms have resulted in a handful of mistags over years of RPG.SE operation. There is currently no problem, and it is speculation that there will be a problem, and that speculation would have been equally valid for 4e and did not turn out that way. So I decline if and until this is a real problem manifesting on our site.


Realized that without an answer to vote on, this isn't really going anywhere.

Anyway, proposal: migrate questions to , make a synonym of .

Potential problems:

  • It messes with the site’s SEO; dungeons and dragons are more significant search terms than dnd

  • questions aren’t necessarily about all editions; it’s about Dungeons & Dragons in general, or across multiple editions, but it wouldn’t be unreasonable to tag a question specifically about TSR’s D&D or specifically WotC’s D&D with it, and might seem to contradict that practice.

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    \$\begingroup\$ That last one is a big deal to me: that makes this a major semantic change to the tag. \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 22, 2014 at 0:00

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