But first... required reading, a question asked two days into private beta.
We have come a long way since then and I think that we need to have a serious talk about what fantasy-based really means. Because when we first created this tag, we had it was intended to say "Magic be here, begone with your science and your logic, for we are wizards and we tell the universe what to do.". This was eventually followed up with a large number of discussion about magic and technology, soft science fiction (space-fantasy) vs hard sci fi and various other nebulous things.
What is important to take away from this is that magic became that tag. fantasy-based has become a mess. It is too broad and doesn't actually add anything to any of the questions I've looked at. The tag description itself defines fantasy as fantasy..
Fantasy is a genre of stories that involves things that aren't normal in this world. These can be anything from strange creatures to magic to other worlds. In fact, all of these things are common in fantasy stories.
I've been through the fantasy-based questions by votes. Below are the ones with 10 votes or above and my first attempt at explaining why I don't think we need this tag.
I think its time to burninate fantasy-based because it is too broad and being applied with no real rhyme or reason and we have outgrown it, what do you guys think?
Seems like they wanted to use science based, question not about fantasy.
Calls for reality check - one of these is about an alternative building material, the other is about how a "small group" defeated a large groups, and actually used historical examples
Adds nothing about equipment, not fantasy
Discuss supernatural creatures or abilities or events. Mythical-creatures tag is more specific for these, as its tag description is about non-existant creatures
How effective would Dragon-Dragoons be?
How to Defeat a Precognitive Warrior?
What happens if the sun disappears and then reappears some days later?
What would a sentient, intelligent, but very small bird use as a ranged weapon against human or larger armored targets?
Burning down a mountain
The impact of magic on one aspect of the world, magic tag
What are the societal effects of an easily available resurrection service?
Would we see cannons in a magic-using society?
What would poverty be like if there was an infinite supply of food?
Why would you build underground defensive structures in an an alternate world medieval europe?
Solving the difficulties of a world based on harmonics
alternative world (we have a tag for that)
society - more about alternative populations or rule of government (and now we have a feudalism tag)
Actually about fantasy.. and fantasy-based is can be removed with no loss
creature-design, we have this tag