The tag game-systems is apparently a synonym for game-recommendations. I think that this should be changed is self-evident. Please fix this.
I'm in favour of doing the following:
- Remove the synonym. There's no reason nowadays game-systems has to be a synonym of anything, and "game systems" doesn't mean "game recommendation" so the synonym doesn't make much sense.
- Do nothing else special with it. We don't need to burn it or encourage its usage or anything — just remove the synonym then let it be a normal ordinary nonexistent tag with no special attention.
After that we let people figure out whether they'd like to use it for anything per normal. If nobody uses it then there is no harm done. If people find a good usage for it, great. If people find a bad usage for it we can address that then per ordinary protocol: correct its usage, discuss it on meta, burninate and/or blacklist it, whatever. That's a bridge we'll cross when we come to it.
Whilst I acknowledge SevenSidedDie might not see a legitimate usage for the game-systems tag, I see that as a wholly separate and unrelated matter to whether or not this tag should be a synonym.
I don't think we have a valid use case for the tag as a non-synonym, and without a use case there's no compelling reason to un-synonym it.
I think it's too generic to be useful
The question that prompted this currently has tag “types” of (generic-campaign-setting-tag)(specific-system)(main-Q-subject)(specific-system).
Just like a question about the Forgotten Realms with forgotten-realms doesn't also need campaign-settings, that question doesn't seem to need us to have a game-systems tag to allow adding a “(generic-game-system-tag)” to it.
There's almost no attempted usage over 7 years
Further data on whether we have a valid use case, historical usage shows near-zero demand for the tag:
- Before being made a synonym, game-systems had near-zero usage and all its uses (, ) were of the the kind described above: a superfluous tag that wasn't doing any useful work for us.
- After being made a synonym early in the site's life (~6 years ago, April 2011), it has only ever been selected for a new question once before today's question. (See the ‘2’ in the “Renames” column beside game-systems in the list of tag synonyms.)
So, there does not seem to ever have been much call for the tag. That doesn't surprise me since it seems like it's a superfluous tag in meaning and historical usage.
As far as I can see, we just don't have any questions, or any potential future questions, that would be correctly tagged with game-systems. Seems like such a question is either properly tagged with a specific system's tag instead and only, or that such a question would be asking for game recs and be off topic anyway. Lacking questions that are properly tagged with it, we would have no need for the tag.
What to do with it
Of the three options I can see, I'm okay with (1) and (2):
Leave it as-is, because what ain't broken doesn't need fixing. This has the virtue of keeping a tag that I think is hopelessly generic from getting used, and there's some logic (if you squint only a bit) for it being a synonym of game-recommendation.
Unlink it as a synonym and ignore it, thereby effectively burning the tag.
It is somewhat unclear why it was made a synonym in the first place. Being a low-use tag on non-rec questions, it's a slightly odd decision. It was done by a mod pro-tempore before we had elections, and there doesn't appear to be any discussion on meta that might illuminate the reasons. Then again, as a site we were still figuring out how to make this whole thing “go”, so maybe it's not that odd.
Unlink it as a synonym and encourage its use as a master tag.
Because of being hopelessly generic and there being no real demand, I don't think this is a course to take.
As I said, I'm okay with either (1) or (2), with a slight preference for (1) because it's less intervention to do and the situation's been fine for about six years.