Currently, we have a number of questions. Currently, all of them are tagged with [song-lyrics] and the name of the artist who wrote the song.

Should we also include a tag for the specific album (the same way that we tag specific books by authors)? I'm inclined to say that we should, because it makes it easier to identify questions you're likely to know the answer to; you aren't necessarily equally familiar with all of the albums by a particular band.

I don't think that we should start tagging specific songs yet (to avoid a proliferation of tags), unless we end up having a lot of questions about certain songs. (The concern, of course, is that if we do end up with a lot of questions about specific songs, it could require more of a cleanup/re-tag effort to retroactively apply the new tag if we created the new tag after the fact.

Opinions? How should we handle these tags?

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Existing policy is not to create tags for individual short works. The issue of whether or not we need tags for any individual works has been debated several times. The result of the latest meta discussion was in favour of using such tags, but the voting was fairly divided and we didn't get a very strong majority; however, what we've actually been doing in practice on the site for a long time has been to create tags for individual long works such as novels, plays, series, etc.

Thus, what you suggest is pretty much right. We shouldn't be creating tags for individual songs. I confess that I know practically zero about popular songs or any kind of non-classical music, so I'm unsure of exactly what an album is and hence whether it's worth a tag, but:

  • if the songs within an album are always associated with and part of that album (like chapters in a book, say), then tag the album, just like we have tags for and ;
  • if an album is merely a collection of songs which could equally well be found in a different collection or individually, i.e. an individual song isn't necessarily associated with one album or another, then it's analogous to an anthology and existing consensus says don't tag the album.
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    Downvoted because consensus now appears to be what @Tsundoku's answer says: we do not tag albums.
    – verbose
    Apr 18, 2021 at 7:49

Current practice is as follows:

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