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With Paizo's announcement of Pathfinder v2 play-testing commencing, it got me thinking.

When do/should we make tags for new game systems? As soon as its announced, so people have a tag to use? When the content is actually in playtest? Not until its publicly available? Something else?

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A tag actually can't even exist until there's a question on the subject, so in all likelihood, that means when playtest actually begins.

For reasons we discovered after the D&D 5e playtest, that tag should also be something separate from whatever tag the non-playtest published edition is eventually tagged with. (It turns out that too many questions on playtest material simply don't match the later game enough to share tags, since they're effectively different rulesets. And it's easier and less confusing to searchers to update still-relevant questions to the non-playtest tag as we find them, than the other way around.)

So in practice, it will have to be when the first question is asked, and the tag name should be something like or something like that (playtest game's working name + -playtest), much like our tag.

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We make the tag when we need the tag. Which is to say, when someone asks a question about it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ +1 We can't actually have the tag before this stage either, because tags only exist as long as they're attached to at least one question. Tags associated with no questions get cleaned up around midnight UTC daily. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Mar 14 '18 at 20:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ I wasn't familiar with that particular house cleaning function. Makes sense. \$\endgroup\$ – Ifusaso Mar 14 '18 at 20:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ does that mean we can bring back the tiny-hut tag? \$\endgroup\$ – goodguy5 Mar 21 '18 at 18:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @goodguy5 probably not -- see rpg.meta.stackexchange.com/q/7520/1204 \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Mar 25 '18 at 0:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ @doppelgreener noted. I'll just have to make an RPG called "Tiny Hut", then we're back in business. ;) \$\endgroup\$ – goodguy5 Mar 28 '18 at 12:54

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