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What's going on [behind-the-scenes]?

After the behind-the-scenes tag was recently edited into one of my questions, I realised that I'm not entirely sure how this tag is supposed to be used, and went to check the list of questions using ...
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Can we increase the maximum tag length?

Is there any way we can increase the maximum tag length to something bigger than 25 characters? Right now, our site tags questions by book titles. Unfortunately, many book titles are longer than ...
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When should I use an author tag?

If I my question is about a certain book by an author, should I use the tag for both the book and the author? Or just the book? What's the purpose of these author tags in the first place and when can ...
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How should we deal with authors who use pseudonyms?

We currently have tags for a few authors (or groups of authors) that wrote under pseudonyms, such as lemony-snicket and franklin-w-dixon. In the case of Snicket, the author has written other works ...
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Translations, and books with different titles with respect to tags

I recently answered my first question on Literature, Yaay! Why does Meursault kill "the Arab" in The Stranger? The question is about a book by Albert Camus. The book was originally written ...
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Should we be tagging questions with the names of specific books? [duplicate]

I can't help but notice that already, we have a lot of tags. I've gone through them and seen quite a few tags with a specific name of a book, with maybe 1 or 2 posts on it. I'm thinking that okay, ...
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Proposal: rename [story-identification] to [identification-request]

One of the top tags on this site is story-identification, with over 400 questions to date. Such questions are on-topic here: a literature site is the most likely to have well-read people with the ...
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Do we need such broad tags on questions about specific works?

It has come up in chat that the usage and existence of such broad tags as russian-literature or short-stories (or mexico) on questions asking about specific works are debatable. On one hand, they ...
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Tag name conventions: to the or not to the?

We had a question earlier about the tags lord-of-the-rings and the-lord-of-the-rings. While that issue has now been resolved by Robert Cartaino, I thought it'd be worth trying to establish a consensus ...
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How do I tag questions properly?

How do I tag questions properly? I see that all questions here have tags, but I do not understand the reason behind the tags. What are the tagging rules? People keep editing the tags on my questions. ...
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How do we feel about genre-based tags?

We've already had several discussions about the issue of country/language-based tags, culminating in Do we need such broad tags on questions about specific works?, a rather broad question which ...
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Should the LGBT tag just be sexuality?

There is currently a tag lgbt that seems to be put on questions asking about the sexual preference of characters. However, since LGBT does not cover the "full spectrum" of sexuality, should we just ...
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Is a [title] tag useful?

I proposed a [title] tag for the questions a bout the title of books. When people need to understand, or discuss about the meaning of a book, they could use that tag. Examples: What is the ...
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What should the symbolism tag be used for?

In a recent meta post about the symbolism tag, Rand makes the point that way the tag is currently being used is very broad: ... but we've been using symbolism in a very broad way. Our questions ...
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Keeping tags clean from the start

I want to provide some basic reminders regarding tags. As many of you will know from the other SE sites you participate in, tags are not on the top of the pile functionality wise in the SE sites. ...
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Should we have language-specific tags (excluding one for English)? [duplicate]

Before you downvote this, hear me out. What I'm proposing is a system of language-specific tags that will allow users of our site to sort questions by the language the literature being discussed is ...
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I typoed a tag but didn't notice. How can I fix it?

I tagged my question but spelled the author's name wrong. Because the first tag already has a tag wiki, I can't edit my question with the new tag. How can I fix this?
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Is [german-literature] about literature in German or from Germany?

Is german-literature about literature in German or from Germany? The tag american-literature seems to suggest that german-literature should be about literature from Germany. However, I think it is ...
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Tag for Old English literature

There is no tag for English literature or Old English literature. If the former will not be added because it would fit most questions on this site, I'd propose the latter be added, as a tag limited in ...
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Should tags on a question include the presumed answer?

This question raised an issue that was already raised on several other child metas (see Judaism): Should tagging make the question easy to find, or the answers easy to find? For example, a ...
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What should new users do if they're asking a question about a book that doesn't have a tag yet?

On chat, Ash, who doesn't have enough reputation to create tags [ yet :) ] pointed out a problem with our tagging system. Given that we use title and author tags, it's hard for new users to ask ...
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Do we need a children's literature tag?

The site currently has a childrens-literature tag. I'm not quite sure what its purpose is. Do we need this tag, and what should it be used for?
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A proposal for [poetry] and [short-stories]

We've had a couple of discussions about these tags already: Is [poetry] too broad / how should we use the tag? How should we use [short-stories]? Consensus in both cases was to keep the tags, but ...
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When should I create tags?

I've asked several questions about fairly obscure short stories. I, for one, don't think that these warrant their own tag, but I'd say that the general rule should be to create tags for most major ...
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Should we merge and synonymise [history] and [history-of]?

Looking at the history and history-of tags, it is hard to tell which questions fall into the history-of tag, without also falling into the history tag. What questions would fall into history-of, but ...
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How should we distinguish between series and individual books?

Questions, such as [redwall] could apply to both the book and the series. How should we distinguish between questions about the book, but not the series as a whole?
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Do we need an [authors] tag? (And if so, can [writers] be a synonym?)

We already have a meta discussion about tags for individual authors, of which we now have plenty, but I just noticed that there's also an authors tag with 6 questions. The tag wiki excerpt says: ...
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Can we call the [scansion] tag [metre]/[meter] instead?

We have a tag scansion, with a synonym meter: For questions about determining and representing the meter of a poem, a practice called scansion. Can we change the master tag name to meter, and have ...
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Do we want tags for literary movements and periods?

The recent question What's wrong with the "beat literature" tag? has turned into a broader discussion that touches on general policy, i.e. whether we should have tags for literary movements ...
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Do we need tags for literature-related or specialist academic disciplines?

I just put up a question about a relatively obscure branch of literature study, philology. It didn't have a tag and I have the rep to make one, so I did. However I was unsatisfied by some of the other ...
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Which language tag should we use for troubadour poetry?

On Literature.SE we have language tags for non-English literarture. However, I'm not sure about the language tag we should use for troubadour literature. According to Wikipedia, troubadour poetry is ...
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Should we tag according to language, or according to the type of literature that the authors identify with?

Andrey Kurkov writes in Russian, but identifies his books as Ukrainian literature. He strongly feels that it's reductionist to only identify books originally written in the Ukrainian language as ...
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How should we tag Scandinavian/Nordic questions?

It's already established that we're using language-based tags for questions about e.g. french-literature, russian-literature, german-literature, and so on. How should we apply this to questions about ...
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Do we want anthology tags?

Our next topic challenge will be the anthology The SEA is Ours. It's an anthology, meaning it's a collection of short stories. Should we have a The SEA is Ours tag?
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Do we really need the [theory] and [literary-analysis] and [literary-criticism] tags?

Consider the following three tags: theory (5 questions, 60% closed) literary-analysis (3 questions, 67% closed) literary-criticism (3 questions, 0% closed) All of these tags strike me as at best ...
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Question about [symbolism]

symbolism is so far the most asked tag on the site. Its tag wiki says: For questions concerning symbolic features in a work of literature. A symbol is used in a book to represent another concept....
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Do we want to tag questions by the titles of books (part 2)?

Early in the beta, community member Beastly Gerbil started a meta conversation titled Should we be tagging questions with the names of specific books?. So far, we generally have been tagging questions ...
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Tag wiki format for author tags

Right now, the tag wiki excerpts for all of author tags are a confused mess: we really have two main formats for these types of tags that currently exist. The first is something like this: For ...
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Difference between nation and nation-literature tags? [duplicate]

We have several different [nation x-literature] tags such as russian-literature, greek-literature, and american-literature. However, we also have country tags like united-states and japan. How ...
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Tags for both [publishing] and [publication]?

We have the following two tags which, at least from their names, seem pretty similar: publishing, 12 questions Questions about current or historical practices in publishing. publication, 11 ...
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How should we tag questions about English-language literature?

After a lot of different questions about the issue of tags based on languages and/or countries, we eventually came to the conclusion that tags such as russian-literature are useful even on questions ...
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Is the tag wiki for the [russian-literature] tag appropriate? [duplicate]

This is the tag wiki excerpt for the russian-literature tag. For questions about literature written in Russia, in Russian, or by a Russian author. That doesn't seem quite right to me. According to ...
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How should we tag questions about physical books?

We have several questions about physical books: How to travel with paperback books without damaging them? How do I straighten out a paperback book's cover that is bent? How can I check that used ...
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Do we need a [character-analysis] tag?

We have a character-analysis tag, whose tag wiki excerpt reads as follows: For questions about how characters act or are constructed by authors. Is this tag useful, or should we burninate it? ...
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Should we kill all the [character]s?

I just noticed that we have a character tag, apparently for questions which are specifically about a particular character or characters in a work of literature. Is this tag useful, or should we ...
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Could we use an [ergodic-literature] tag?

I was wondering whether it might be a good idea to have a tag for works of ergodic literature. Wikipedia uses the following definition: In ergodic literature, nontrivial effort is required to allow ...
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Can Literature be an exception for the SE rule that removes single-use tags?

Part of the general network-wide SE code involves automatically removing single-use tags from the system. If a tag has no tag wiki and has only been used on a single question, it automatically ...
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Should we remove the meaning and symbolism tags?

I've been thinking about symbolism and meaning, and I've come to the conclusion that they aren't worth having around. I wrote an answer on a meta question about a different proposal arguing such, and ...
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Should tags for genres and other literary terms consistently be in singular form?

After noticing the tag sonnets on a question about Shakespeare's sonnet 90, I was not sure whether it referred to Shakespeare's sonnets (in which case sonnets-shakespeare would be recommended) or the ...
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About the [allegory] and [symbolism] tags

I just noticed that we have an allegory tag (2 questions) as well as the symbolism tag (75 questions). Do we need both of these tags, and if so, what's the difference between them and how do we make ...
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