From this meta Q from 2013, the rules-lawyering tag is for questions about engaging in that practice, or people doing so. It isn't for asking about strict rules interpretations; that's rules-as-written's turf.
I discovered a bunch of our [rules-lawyering] questions were really RAW questions, though, so I retagged them. Then I found out that's the case for all our [rules-lawyering] questions, except these two:
- How to handle a rules-lawyer player?
- How should I respond to a DM who unfairly plays the "rules-lawyer" card?
Incidentally that's the exact issue raised in the meta Q I linked: all the [rules-lawyering] questions were actually RAW questions, bar one, that "how should I respond?" question linked above. More than a year later, the situation hasn't improved and the tag still isn't used well.
We should synonymise [rules-lawyering] into [rules-as-written] to tag the remaining questions correctly, and then remove the synonym to let the [rules-lawyering] tag vanish altogether.
Questions about rules lawyers can just be tagged with [social] and/or [problem-player/gm], and the above two questions are already tagged with the latter.
Mods, please make and then remove this synonym?