I think I created the [Half-Orc] tag today when asking Does the half orc's Savage Attack work when wild shaped? It made sense to me to tag it, as it's a feature unique to the Half Orc+Druid combination. 'If I'm going to tag it Druid, why wouldn't I tag it Half-Orc?' I thought.

A few moments later I thought to tag Does the half orc's Savage Attack work when wild shaped? with [Half-Orc]; that edit occasioned the following feedback: "...Tags should help to describe what the question is about, not just what it contains" and "I'm not sure we need a tag just for half-orcs...."

This all got me thinking and digging through the tags (5e core, just 'cause that was the only rulebook I had with me). We currently have questions tagged by race or class in the following numbers:

Class: Barbarian 45, Bard 49, Cleric 122, Druid 123, Fighter 70, Monk 136, Paladin 69, Ranger 68, Rogue 96, Sorcerer 80, Warlock 92, Wizard 123.

Race: Dwarf 6, Elf 11, Half-Elf 5, Halfling 10, Human 0, Gnome 0, Dragonborn 0 (though Draconic-bloodline 3), Half-Orc 1, Tiefling 3.

It sure doesn't seem like the racial tags are doing much lifting. Is there any need to re-evaluate the usefulness of the tags? Or whether more questions should be racially-tagged? Such as I Roll To Seduce The Dragon! (or, Do doublings of proficiency bonus stack?)

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    \$\begingroup\$ Previous discussion here: Tag question - changeling tag \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 20:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, @SevenSidedDie. I searched around for "race" and "tag", but didn't come across this. \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60 Mod
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 21:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ Another, slightly more recent previous discussion: Add tag for Dwarf/Dwarves? \$\endgroup\$
    – Miniman
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 23:24

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So, I don't know if we should have race-specific tags. But I believe, if we do have them, they should be for race-specific questions.

The questions you're asking about aren't really about half-orcs. They're about racial features which half-orcs happen to have. They would be exactly the same questions if elves, dwarves, or any other race had those features instead of half-orcs. The tag I'd suggest they probably need is .

As an example, this question - How do I name a Half-Orc? - is, fundamentally and specifically, about half-orcs. (It's not a particularly good question, admittedly, but that's besides the point here.) It had the tag until someone removed it. On that question, I think the tag was completely appropriate.

For an example which is also a good question, this question - Why are elves immune to a ghoul's paralyzing touch? - while not about half-orcs, is very much about elves, and has the tag to show that.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I think that's a good distinction--I've re-tagged my question with [racial-traits] rather than [half-orc]. Is there now anything that should be done to delete the [half-orc] tag, or will it just wither away with zero questions? \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60 Mod
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 0:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60 It'll wither on its own. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 0:22

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