So, we have a meta discussion on the distinction between and . Fine for me, that's exactly how I understood them. But we have some (good amount) of questions tagged wrongly.

As a few examples, these questions are tagged as Homebrew but (at least for me) are actually about House Rules:

On the other hand, these questions are tagged as House Rules but are actually about Homebrew.

Admittedly, it seems that the House Rules tag is used for Homebrew more often (and clearly) than the opposite.

So, what do we do about it? Simply edit every question tagged wrongly? To be fair, do we even need two tags for that?

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    \$\begingroup\$ So I'll own up to actually changing the weapon question from homebrew to houserule. In retrospect I should have left it as is. I was focusing more on the application of the rule to the weapon than the weapon itself. But I think the weapon is actually the cause for the question and therefore homebrew is more appropriate. It is worth noting that OP actually tagged it correctly to begin with however. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 5, 2018 at 13:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, though this might be a lot of work, I think that having some idea of how often the terms are misused would lend a lot more weight behind the idea that there is a problem here. It is easy to pull a few instances of misuse from almost any tag (though I think there is more confusion around these two than most for sure). \$\endgroup\$ Jun 5, 2018 at 13:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Rubiksmoose I'm not sure how (or even if) we can do that. In particular, as our policy is to actually fix it as mxyzplk answer notes, we would have to look into edit history and check how each question was created. I agree that we have misuses on more tags, but it seems a great part of the community sees these tags as the same. See this comment for example. \$\endgroup\$
    – HellSaint
    Jun 5, 2018 at 18:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ I have to say, that even after reading the meta discussions, I'm not clear on the difference between "homebrewing new rules content" and "creating house rules". It's also not clear whether the tags are supposed to indicate something about desired answers, or whether they're to help clarify something about the question. \$\endgroup\$
    – user37158
    Jun 7, 2018 at 22:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PeterCooperJr. My understanding on tags is that none of your readings is correct actually. They are not meant to indicate anything about the answers. You could read it as clarifying the question, but it seems more about classifying the questions than clarifying them. If I look for dnd-5e I know I'm looking only for questions about D&D 5e. If I search gm-techniques, I know I will be finding only questions about the DM side - not the player side. etc. That's my current view on tags on this site. \$\endgroup\$
    – HellSaint
    Jun 8, 2018 at 0:58

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Yes, we need both, per What distinction is being drawn between house-rules and homebrew?.

As usual if someone misuses a tag, you should edit, comment, etc. to address the error, as applicable for your rep level.


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