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This can be increased, but only up to a maximum of 35 characters. This means zen-and-the-art-of-motorcycle-maintenance is right out. I increased the allowed length to 32, thus allowing zen-and-art-of-motorcycle-maint, which should be a little bit easier to recognize. This sort of compromise is likely to be common... Thus, whenever possible, try to work the ...


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I've been trying to set some consistent standards for author tag names, e.g. ensuring that we never use just a single name for the tag: thus william-shakespeare instead of shakespeare. However, to your question about initials versus full first name, I don't think we actually need to be consistent: let's just use whatever name the author is most commonly ...


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Be consistent. Use the full tag name where practical The reason to use the full title as a tag (where practical) is that's how (some) people are going to search/enter it. If the tag does not include the full title (for example, lord-of-the-rings shortened for convenience), when people type out the full name, the-lord-of-the-rings, they are not going to find ...


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Yes, these should be on-topic. As I've already said on a few other scope meta questions, why not? They're written works, and they can be just as interesting and worthy of analysis as paper books. In fact, many books are published in both forms: as a paper book and an e-book. It would be silly to allow questions about one but not the other. Note again that ...


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Let's think about this practically. If a Shakespeare expert comes to our site and wants to find questions about Shakespeare to answer, do we want them to be able to find all those questions in a single list, or have to search the title of each play individually? Ditto with Edgar Allan Poe, or Thomas Hardy, or Jane Austen, or many other authors one could ...


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Burninate behind-the-scenes This is clearly the most appropriate resolution as everything, which currently falls under behind-the-scenes would belong better under a more specific tag. The only one you mention that lacks a tag, How many of Poe's stories are interconnected?, would belong under intertextuality.


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For straightforward corrections like this (no discussion required), you can simply flag the question for moderator attention. Otherwise, a meta post is fine.


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As a counter to Robert's post, I am of the counter argument crowd. Many fans of literature (and dare I say "experts") will be interested in a particular language-of-origin. To me, a first-time or casual visitor will be interested in russian-literature and use that as a starting point for searching questions and/or answers. It may also aid in Google ...


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I think we should use language-based tags over country-based tags. This is because language-based tags are much easier to define. If a book is set in country A, written in country B by an author from country C, and becomes a classic in the culture of country D, then which of those countries should it be tagged with? The answer to this question would likely ...


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I agree with Benjamin's answer, burninate. It's weird to say "behind the scenes" about literature to begin with. The term originates from theater and was applied to film because film evolved from theater, but there are no "scenes" to get behind with a written work. I also don't think it will be that useful in the long run to use tags to distinguish ...


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This isn't something we need to discuss. Tags will just appear as people create, edit, and remove them. Besides, there's no way to create a tag without asking a question - so unless you have a question for every tag proposed in this kind of discussion, we can't do anything about them.


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The history tag was only used on one question, which I've now retagged history-of, thus essentially accomplishing a merge. There's no point in synonymising these two tags, since typing history into the tag box will autocomplete to history-of anyway. How about history-of-literature instead? This tag will show up in autocomplete for either history or history-...


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Sure. This way we avoid all the arguments about 'q' and the tag covers a larger number of questions. Also, anyone who's an expert in those questions will probably also be knowledgeable about the other questions that would be covered by this proposed tag.


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Tags should describe the question, not its answers ... After all, that's why questions get tags and answers don't. Tags are meant to enable people to find lists of questions on a particular topic - either because they're looking for something which they can answer, or because they have a question about that topic themselves and want to know if it's already ...


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My first instinct was to make them synonyms. However, I then read DVK's comment (quoted below), and I now think that is not the correct course of action. Respect the author's wishes and treat pseudonym as real author name. Expand on real name in Wiki tag and link to tag for real author name if exists. A decent amount of people using this site in the ...


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We shouldn't use genre-based tags. Not because they're too broad to be useful, or because we should only use work and author tags, but because genres usually can't be objectively defined. What makes a story sci-fi rather than fantasy, and what happens when it's kind of in the middle? What is a romance novel? Clearly not everything involving romance counts; ...


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Seems fine to me. My only thought is just that the tag wiki should be clear in when to use it (only when discussing the title of a novel in a literary setting/analysis/discussion).


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I'd say we give authors the axe. It serves no purpose because as you stated in the question, individual author-specific tags exist to categorize questions by the author of the work being discussed. The other use for these author-specific tags is in questions that ask about the literary aspects of an author's life. Either way, I'd say we delete both authors ...


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Yes, absolutely! Our primary tags should be body-of-literature tags. Tags about individual authors may be useful for fine-grained filtering but they're useless for area-of-expertise filtering. The primary purpose of tags is to convey areas of expertise, to allow experts to quickly filter questions that are within their area of expertise. Thus Stack Overflow ...


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My answer is "it doesn't matter at this point, in the context of larger issue of whether we have nation/country/culture/language based tags in the first place". A bigger, strategic question is, Do we want to have a concept of tags that allow broad categorization of questions based on geographic/linguistic/national groupings. If someone is interested in and ...


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I understand the problem (I've also experienced it, as a new user in public beta), but I don't think that a [novel] tag is the solution. It has the potential to get really messy, and is not in keeping with the general purpose of tags. As long as this site is new enough to retain "beta" status, there is an intentionally low(ered) reputation required to create ...


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Nah. It may be slightly redundant, but if someone types 'song' into the tag spot, they should have the right tag come up. The easier it is to find the correct tag, the better. We want to make the site easy to navigate and use, and if people can't find the right tag, that's not good.


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I was going to say "make it so", but then thought about it a bit more ... We don't lose anything by having a slightly longer tag name. You might argue that it's redundant, but while small redundancies can be irritating to us pedants, they don't really harm the site. It's not as if the tag name is approaching the 25-character limit. The longer name may help ...


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Option #2 is right out. Inconsistency is the devil. If we're using language-based instead of country-based tags for non-English languages, we shouldn't turn around and use country-based tags for English. That's just inconsistent and confusing. Most of these areas also produce non-English literature. Shouldn't a question about Aborigine literature be tagged ...


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This answer will by necessity not cover all cases; when in doubt check the tag wiki excerpts for tags you are considering using, or ask in chat/meta. “Tag wiki excerpts” are the little usage guidance blurbs that show up in various places. When typing in tags for a question, excerpts show up mid-type or on hover. Clicking on a tag will also show the excerpt. ...


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Do these tags do harm? Unlike very broad tags like short-stories, individual book tags will hardly be abused. In fact, they will considerably improve the process of searching, especially for prolific writers. Think about it: Stephen King has written 54 novels. Surely, some people are expert in an author, not particular works, but how many of those "...


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