Should we allow genre meta tags, and if so, should they be applicable to any series within that genre so that fans of that genre can more easily find those questions in order to answer them/learn more, or only to questions inquiring about the genre itself?
For example, we currently have genre questions such as the following, which have a smattering of varied tags attached to them, such as anime-production japanese-language terminology tropes and others, but some of the tags chosen weren't applicable to the question (the OP might not have been able to select a more appropriate tag).
- Where did the mecha genre originate from in Japan?
- Who is the main target audience of yuri titles?
- What is the opposite of “seme” according to otakus?
- In yaoi anime, why does the uke always say 'senpai'?
- Why are the male love-interests of shoujo often portrayed to be top scorers?
- Have the creators of Tokyo Mew Mew or Sailor Moon commented on the similarities?
- What is the difference between yuri and shoujo-ai, yaoi and shounen-ai and ecchi and hentai anime genre?
- Is there a difference in drawing style between different anime for different demographics?
- What is the target demographic of Yuki Yuna is a Hero?
I would propose that
- A "genre" tag could be useful for people to use when asking a question about differences between or about similarities between genres and demographics. It would be nice if questions like those above could be located in an easy-to-find location for users interested in answering and reading questions about genre.
- Anime/manga-specific genre tags (such as "shoujo," "mahou shoujo", "yuri," yaoi," "moe," "nichijou," "seinen," etc.) could be useful so that, for example, someone who is an expert in "josei" could easily find questions about their area of speciality to answer, and to find answers of interest to read, without having to wade through many questions searching by series title. I, for one, would use such tags to periodically check for questions I could likely answer.
- Although previous discussion posited that "a genre-based tag could work, but it would need to be used on questions about the genre itself (e.g. production, tropes, etc.) and not questions about individual series," and that "Tagging series questions with genre tags would make the series tags redundant and the genre tags bloated," I would suggest that the series tags would not become redundant, because a user who can generally answer "shoujo" questions and is interested in reading their answers is not likely to search title by title just to check for them, especially since the OP might not know the title (for identification-request) or the user might not remember the title off-hand in order to search for it but would recognize it if seen within that tag.
- Some of the previous reasons given for not creating a "hentai" tag were variations on being age-appropriate for a 13+ age, which is not applicable regarding genre tags other than "hentai" and possibly "yaoi" and "yuri."
- Genre tags that are not specific to anime/manga (such as "sci-fi," "romance," "comedy") would be less useful than those for genres which have originated in anime/manga. I would make a motion that only genres which have developed through anime/manga mediums get tags. I don't think there are so many anime/manga-specific genres that the number of genre tags would be too unwieldy, nor that frequent users would try to pile a ton of genre tags all onto one question.
- Meta tags which were previously voted against were "characters," "character-abilities," "variations," and "plot-explanation," which I heartily agree with as 1) not helping users to find questions and answers of interest via searching by tag, 2) "don't add much to the question," and 3) "hurt search engine visibility." Anime/manga-specific genre tags would contribute to search engine optimization rather than detract from it.