As we all know, D&D and Pathfinder have lots of classes, and tons of subclasses, and the same is probably true for many other systems that I'm unfamiliar with.
Anyway, I've recently noticed the usage of tags for subclasses, which raises some questions about their usage and usefulness for me; namely, there seems to be a lot of inconsistency.
Let's look at a few tags:
- battle-master: explicitly described as a 5e-exclusive tag by the tag wiki, relevant only for the fighter subclass.
- eldritch-knight: described as a D&D-tag in general, non-edition-exclusive (which makes sense, as it appears in multiple editions).
- assassin: very open-ended, the tag wiki might as well be a dictionary entry for assassins if it weren't for the term "character class or type". Of course, people use (/abuse?) this tag for question about the 5e rogue subclass, while there are also questions about 3.5e, 4e, Pathfinder and D&D-semi-related (?) questions, for example about basic-fantasy-rpg.
- thief: pretty much the same thing as the assassin tag.
- champion: at first glance, one could think this is about the fighter subclass present in 5e and potentially previous editions. Looking at the 3 questions posted with this tag, though, they're all about pathfinder-2e. Yet I'm sure that if the Champion subclass in 5e wasn't so simple (i.e. there are very few issues to ask about in the first place), it would have been used for 5e questions as well (unless maybe it did, and the tag got deleted automatically at some point because of low use; the pathfinder-2e questions are all relatively new).
Either way, the tag will likely be used for 5e questions in the future, turning this into another fuzzy multi-system (sub)class tag.
I'm not sure how to handle tags like those above (I probably missed a few). Some of them are 5e-exclusive by virtue of the tag wiki, even though other systems/editions use the same term for something as well. Some are D&D-specific (potentially including pathfinder), but not to be used for other systems that use the same term for something.
And other ones are super-generic and about as useful as a "sword-user" tag would be. More precisely, I'm hoping nobody here has real-world knowledge of assassination beyond watching Léon: The Professional, so having e.g. a gold badge for the assassination tag would be absolutely meaningless, as it encompasses lots of different systems or contexts.
Is this inconsistent handling of subclass tags a problem in the first place, or am I being too pedantic? If it is problematic, how should we tackle this issue?