While reading What is a good system for a political espionage game?, I saw the tag, and I don't see the difference to a tightly formulated (i.e. correctly asked) question.

It is currently used 5 times in total, 4 of which are also tagged

The last two questions were both asked by gomad, and he added the tag to both questions in Sept. 2011, which means the tag might have missed some game-rec-reforms and -metas.

questions need to be specific, with the asker clearly stating which part of the game is important to him and asking for a system that has mechanics that supports this kind of thing. This is not much different from specifying a setting, though potentially less precise ("Interstellar space warfare, where the players are working for the underdog faction" vs. "Star Wars Rebels").

In fact, many game-rec-questions are about recreating the feel of a specific movie/TV series/book/...

That being said, I doubt that the tag has any merit and vote for burnination or synonymization.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I have updated the tag wiki for [system-for-setting] to hopefully highlight exactly what the tag means and what expectations using sets for Qs and As. \$\endgroup\$
    – gomad
    Oct 23, 2014 at 9:29

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I'm not sure why we need to eliminate the tag. Some people have clearly used it and found it useful. Does it meet any of the objective bad-tag criteria? If not, just let it go. The point of the emergent tagging system is that it doesn't need over-curation. Sometimes, tags are subsets of another tag, and that's OK.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What about it appearing to be a straightforward synonym for [game-recommendation]? I may be misunderstanding the meta question, but I thought that was the basic issue. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 16, 2014 at 4:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ It is not a synonym, it is more specific. \$\endgroup\$
    – mxyzplk
    Oct 16, 2014 at 11:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Okay. That's easy to miss in the answer. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 16, 2014 at 14:51

It doesn't seem to be hurting anything (the tag isn't replacing a more useful tag, for example), and I think it's a useful tag for attracting experts and for sorting questions. [game-rec] has an extremely broad mandate: a quick glance over recently active questions finds questions about systems for a particular group makeup (size, experience, age), the difference between two systems, and systems which support particular moral themes, as well as many questions which could use the [system-for-setting] tag.

As someone looking for a specific question, [system-for-setting] narrows this down so I don't have to slog through "Game for my 11-year-old who likes Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter" questions when looking for the best system to run a game about Rangers of the North.

As an answerer, it helps me sort out the kind of experience I should have in order to answer a question.

And as a site user, favouriting or blacklisting the tag helps me focus on the kind of [game-rec] questions I'm interested in: the ones I may be able to answer or improve, the ones I'm most confident voting on. (If I only work in homebrew worlds, hiding the [sys-for-set] tag could be really helpful in bringing my attention where it's useful).

I think we could tag this more aggressively.

...but it's not a tag that querents are likely to stumble across while writing their question, which brings all of this into doubt for me as it hints this isn't a natural tag. Or maybe it just needs re-phrasing.


With only a few instances, this is one that we should just remove and let it age away.

No need for outside intervention. A few edits and we're done.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, burnination is unnecessarily drastic. Synonyming might be useful... but probably not if it's only been used three other times since creation. Just editing it off the questions is plenty. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 15, 2014 at 17:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie Editing off the questions is burnination! (Are you mistaking it with blacklisting?) \$\endgroup\$ Oct 17, 2014 at 23:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @dopoelgreener I always though "burninating" meant burning them to the ground and sowing the land with salt… so yeah, maybe I am. :) \$\endgroup\$ Oct 18, 2014 at 3:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Generally we use "burninate" for SE coming in and removing a tag. Blacklist prevents it from rising again. What we cna do should probably be best termed as "editing to remove, and let age away" way less awesome. \$\endgroup\$
    – wax eagle
    Oct 18, 2014 at 4:09

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