The tag seems like it won't be a good fit here. It currently seems to be used on all questions about poems. This seems not good to me - it's like having a tag.

Should we burninate , and if not, how should we use this tag?

  • Whether a tag is applicable to too many questions to be useful is a valid question to raise, but asking whether it's a meta tag is probably leading you astray here (it isn't one). A tag can be a perfectly ordinary non-meta tag and also be too broadly applicable to be useful! On Role-playing Games we have "rules" and "mechanics" blacklisted, and they're not meta tags at all, they're just not useful for categorisation since they could easily apply to 90% of the site's questions. Commented Feb 9, 2017 at 11:30

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Following the guideline from Meta.SE on burninating, I'd say keep it.

  1. Does it describe the contents of the questions to which it is applied? and is it unambiguous?

    Yes, poetry is a clearly defined area of literature.

  2. Is the concept described even on-topic for the site?

    I very much think so.

  3. Does the tag add any meaningful information to the post?

    I'd agree here too.

  4. Does it mean the same thing in all common contexts?

    Haven't checked since we are already at 3 checks for keeping it.

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    Not sure if I'd agree on #3, since we're already using individual work tags. If a question is tagged the-raven, say, why would it need a poetry tag as well since we'd already know it's about a poem?
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 23:56

Should we burninate ? No. At least, not right now.

It is true that a tag would be be redundant, but then poems, like novels, are often printed in books. I have a stack of them sitting beside me, waiting to be read (or re-read).

I would certainly use as one of my favourite tags, so that I could find poetry questions of interest to me, so I think that such a tag would be useful. If we find that it is little-used, then we can burninate it.

  • I'm not sure whether or not I agree with your conclusion, but I certainly don't find your reasoning very compelling.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 22:52

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