In the comments on this question I noticed a discussion, and on visiting chat I saw someone already talking about it. Here are the relevant comments from the question's comment section:
One more thing, the dnd-4e tag may be misleading unless you think that 4e, in particular, may provide some important tools for this that other editions don't. I only mention this because I deliberately mute the dnd-4e tag to avoid content that I'm not familiar with. The generic dungeons-and-dragons may be better, but this is the OP's choice. – Aventinus
@Aventinus Tags exist to describe the content of the question, and nothing more or less than that. The querent is playing D&D 4e and the tag reflects that. There's nothing misleading about it. Tags aren't meant to communicate meaning beyond reflecting the content of the question, so adding the generic tag wouldn't be appropriate. Whether the solutions would be 4e-specific is neither here nor there in terms of what the tags should say; in addition answers should be answering the question, not the tags, whatever the tags happened to say. – doppelgreener
According to the help page, the purpose of tags isn't to describe the content of the question (the question's content already does that), it's to help answerers find questions that they can answer by describing the topic of the question.
But here we have people who may otherwise be able to answer having difficulty finding the question because it has been tagged with something that is unlikely to have any bearing on the answer, besides providing a little context.
Tagging based on content raises questions, should that question be tagged with forgotten realms, gnomes, worldbuilding, etc?
- What is the purpose of tags on this site?
- How should tags be used on this site?
- Is it more useful to have tags describe the content of the question rather than the topic?