Following what was discussed in this and this Meta posts, I think the tag sprawl needs to be contained. Much like we should not have separate tags for the Naruto and the Naruto Shippuuden series, there are some tags on the main site that perhaps should be dealt with:


The ones stated in the first list have specific tags for each specific series/movie or have different spellings. What should be the site's position in this matter?

There is also this debate, but I do not think it is exactly the same thing. Plus, this one concerning Dragonball. I think these discussions should be condensed into this one. However, if you think this is a redundant post close it!

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    I think that simplicity is the best, less tags are more searchable.
    – looper
    Dec 16, 2012 at 19:38
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    I agree with you. I think the tag should have the franchise name, and the specific media or series of the franchise should be specified in-question/title.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Dec 16, 2012 at 19:39
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    Initiate Tag Instrumentality!
    – кяαzєя Mod
    Dec 16, 2012 at 22:35

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(Just to rewrite it officially)

I think that less tags are better in most cases. They are more searchable, and are sufficient in most cases.

However, to distinguish, it's better to write something specific in the title, for example, as Veger mentioned in this question, he doesn't want to read questions regarding Dragonball GT (which I can understand), so writing "Dragon Ball GT" somewhere in the title should be enough (Example: How involved was Akira Toriyama in the production of Dragon Ball GT?).

Also, too many Tags can lead to confusion, too, as seen here, where the -Tag was chosen, while the normal -Tag was better.

However, the example <-> is a good candidate for a synonym, like Tags with different spellings in japanese and western languages. I have no other example, but different spellings should are synonyms (see comments below).

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    'rurouni-kenshin <-> ruroni-kenshin is a good candidate' -> better make this more general: as in the Western spelling is used for the tag and the Japansese spelling is used as synonym, so people are able to use both. (or something like that)
    – Veger
    Dec 17, 2012 at 9:06
  • Also, cardcaptors is what cardcaptor-sakura is known in the US, and (I believe) nowhere else. So, also a synonym? Sep 25, 2014 at 1:09

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