is our main tag for locating stories. However, has been recently created and has two questions in it. Can we delete or otherwise merge the second tag?


Done, merged & synonymized.

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    Not every book identification question is a story identification question. One of the book identification questions was about a work of literary theory. story-identification makes absolutely no sense there.
    – Tsundoku Mod
    Jun 25 '18 at 18:04

I think the tag has been used too enthusiastically, since several questions are not about stories:

So I would support a separate tag which would be applied to (at least) the above question. The tag wiki excerpts should make the difference between the tags more explicit.

Update: merging both tags into a new tag named identification would be a bad choice, since identification is a term with a different meaning: the "psychological relationship between the reader of a novel and a character in the book".

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    I wouldn't mind a general "identification" tag, then. But I don't think differentiating the two tags really gains anything--the purpose is one: to identify something the user can't fully remember. Anyone searching through the tags will likely care about all "types" simultaneously. In addition, the Sci-Fi/Fantasy SE, which is the only SE to really implement ID questions successfully, has a single main tag (and includes additional tags to specify medium).
    – Kitkat
    Jun 25 '18 at 18:25
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    An "identification" tag would be an unfortunate choice, because that is already a technical term in literature with a totally different meaning. I have added this as an update to my answer.
    – Tsundoku Mod
    Jun 26 '18 at 8:23
  • @Kitkat Anecdotally, I actually think that among all sites with ID questions, SciFi.SE is the one where separating the tag into multiple different ones might make the most sense. While there's not really much of a difference on Literature.SE, a site that deals with a variety of media in contrast sure has many users who only care about books, or films, or comics,..., not to speak of the inherent difference in the actual questions those media by their nature generate. Jun 27 '18 at 9:55
  • @CahirMawrDyffrynæpCeallach So you think that story-identification is an appropriate tag for each of the examples I listed in my answer? I.e. for questions that aren't about finding a specific story?
    – Tsundoku Mod
    Jun 27 '18 at 10:38
  • @ChristopheStrobbe I wasn't really talking about this answer, sorry. Jun 27 '18 at 11:07
  • But no, not story-identification, that would be a really odd name. But I indeed don't see much of a point in separating non-fiction works from fictional works (provided they're both on-topic to begin with) by tag if at the end of the day you're always looking for a book. Jun 27 '18 at 11:09
  • @Kitkat "Sci-Fi/Fantasy SE, which is the only SE to really implement ID questions successfully" - no it's not. What a strange idea!
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Jun 29 '18 at 4:42
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    Christophe, perhaps an action that everyone could agree on might be to rename the story-ID tag to book-ID?
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Jun 29 '18 at 4:47
  • @Randal'Thor The problem with that idea is that some identification questions are about poems, and poems usually aren't books.
    – Tsundoku Mod
    Jun 29 '18 at 9:52
  • @ChristopheStrobbe How about "literature-identification"? I would hope everything that comes to this site could fall under that.
    – Kitkat
    Jun 29 '18 at 14:03
  • @Randal'Thor Fair, i stand corrected ;)
    – Kitkat
    Jun 29 '18 at 14:03
  • @Kitkat If you must have a single tag instead of splitting them up, I would suggest work-identification. literature-identifcation runs the risk that someone will come along and shorten it to identification, because the entire site is about literature, so the first part of the tag will look redundant.
    – Tsundoku Mod
    Jul 1 '18 at 18:57

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