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We need to kill the tag with fire. It's generic to the point of uselessness. Most of the questions that are tagged with it are either asking for recommendations (now considered off-topic), or are much better described by .

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It's generic, yes, but that seems to be part of the (tiny, withered) core of its usefulness, so I'm not sure it merits complete removal.

If we keep it though, I think it need some overdue pruning and TLC.

Filtering out off-topic questions and closed questions, and ones that were posted before and were created and now should be switched to one of those, all the remaining questions seem to be about running adventures or (in the lone case of “What is a "funnel"?”) directly about a type of adventure for which we don't have a dedicated tag.

Those cases seem to accurately use to categorise the questions' core topic: “my question is about an adventure.” If we removed it, I think we'd lose some categorisation and sorting strength by not having some kind of tag for the purpose.

I think we'd be OK leaving the tag as-is, if we also:

Optionally, we might also make the tag more self-explanatory and distinct from those former two by renaming it to , if we can figure out what to do with the remaining “just about adventures” question, “What is a "funnel"?”. (Maybe leaving it a bare question would be fine?)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ That approach isn't unreasonable, but I still think the tag is too generic. Aren't 90% of questions about GMing ultimately either social or about running adventures? \$\endgroup\$ – Oblivious Sage Sep 29 '16 at 21:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage Usually only tangentially, and tangents don't go into the tags. Only when the problem is specifically about the adventure (and not about using a published adventure or about designing an adventure, since we have more specific tags for those), would the tag be merited on a question. I think renaming to [running-adventures] would alleviate the generic-ness problem somewhat. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Sep 29 '16 at 21:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ Just watch out for the GM who wants to ask a question about adventures that involve rapid bipedal locomotion. \$\endgroup\$ – Dan Henderson Sep 30 '16 at 6:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ After doing some exploratory retagging, I think [running-adventures] might be a good replacement. you run them or you write them or you buy em, mainly. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk says reinstate Monica Oct 18 '16 at 1:21
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I'm going to work through this tag retagging things with other tags where they're appropriate. From looking over the 17 [adventure] questions we have, I agree [adventure] does not seem to be a useful tag -- [adventure-something] might be.

For example I've removed [adventure] from What is a "funnel"? mentioned in SSD's answer. This question isn't about adventures, it's about terminology (that, coincidentally, shows up in places such as adventures).

If it's useful in its own right then there will be questions I can't improve by removing the tag or retagging with something more accurate. We'll see if it survives its questions receiving some gentle tag revision. If it doesn't survive, we'll call this tag burninated.


Flambé status

This tag has been BURNINATED!

Retagged (or had another tag) such that [adventure] is redundant/unnecessary:

Running a senate-based game has been deleted rather than retagged; it's an idea-generation with no lasting value or significance to our site.

This leaves Where can I post a d20 adventure? as possibly the one and only question here that might actually benefit from a tag. It's closed as a recommendation request, has no special significance, and the only reason it's not already automatically deleted is because it has a score of +2, where auto-deletion ignores questions above a score of +1.

… I don't feel like keeping the tag around just for that one closed abandoned off-topic question, so I've opted to delete that one question. Maybe in the future we'll have cause for an [adventure-publishing] tag or something.

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