There are currently eight questions tagged "design".

At a glance, these don't really have a lot in common.

Only one ("Foundation Component of New World") is tagged only whereas the others have additional tags as well.

What exactly do we intend the tag to mean in this case? Can we even deduce a meaning for the tag from the mass of questions tagged with it, or should we simply drop that tag entirely?

Since worldbuilding almost by definition relates to some sort of design, I think we can drop the tag entirely. How does the community feel?

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    $\begingroup$ Uh oh, I'm the guilty party at least twice there! I think you're right - everything we do here is design. Context is more valuable. $\endgroup$
    – Liath
    Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 9:42

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Actually despite the fact I've said a few times now that I think it's too early for a tag cull...in this case I agree, the tag is pretty meaningless.

  • $\begingroup$ I would probably feel differently if the tag had a clear meaning; then I might be more willing to say "let's wait and see what happens". But in this case, I can't see any community consensus at all in its use. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 20:11
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    $\begingroup$ I agree - it serves no purpose. Following the tag won't bring you tailored questions that suit you. Browsing the tag won't give you any better insight than picking questions at random. Applying the tag doesn't tell answerers anything about what is being looked for. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 20:26
  • $\begingroup$ Totally agree, in fact, I went an edited the one question with only the "Design" tag, and changed it to an "foundation" tag. I think that describes the question better. (Foundation will be things that are done before the world is fully formed, laying the foundation). $\endgroup$
    – DonyorM
    Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 4:58
  • $\begingroup$ The term does have quite a few interpretations. In my own questions (on ship design) I used it to indicate that I was looking for something akin to a physical "template", but this is only one of a myriad of interpretations, as @MichaelKjörling has shown us. I guess in worldbuilding "design" really is a meaningless tag. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ @ChristianFratta Yes. ship-design (or to be more specific maybe water-vessel-design to distinguish it from spaceship-design although that's rather a mouthful) would be a useful tag, design by itself not so much. $\endgroup$
    – Tim B
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 18:17
  • $\begingroup$ Even I agree with culling this one early on. If @ChristianFratta, you want a tag for a template, what about blueprint? $\endgroup$
    – Mourdos
    Commented Sep 30, 2014 at 15:38
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    $\begingroup$ @Mourdos I think template actually works well enough for that purpose, blueprint seems a little too narrow a tag to me $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 30, 2014 at 16:00

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