In a recent question of mine which asked about the mechanics of life, I was about to use until I saw the tag wiki exerpt, which reads:

Questions tagged with life should be about life in general, not about its mechanics. For example, a question about lifestyle on a particular planet would be a good use of this tag. A question about how a particular planet would affect the cells of a living organism would not fit this tag, the biology tag should be used instead.

I would suggest that, in order to alleviate confusion, this tag should be renamed . Doing this would make the tagging system a whole lot more intuitive for people who ask mechanics of life questions.


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Remove life tag

I agree that the tag should be removed as it is highly ambiguous, and not everyone will read the tag wiki, leading to half a dozen different uses, making the tag meaningless. Your suggestion of renaming it to is a good one, so that the misleading tag name will no longer exist.

Apply biology tag

Looking at the 7 existing questions, all of them are about , and should be retagged as such. The biology tag wiki specifically includes non-Earth-like biology. None of these questions fit the tag.

Only add lifestyle tag when there are relevant questions

None of the 7 existing questions are about lifestyle, so there is no need for the tag at this point. If you see another question outside these 7 that is about lifestyle, or if you ask a new question about lifestyle, anyone is free to add the tag. If the tag is not applied to questions within a certain period of time, it will be automatically deleted.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure if the tag can be renamed by a mod, or whether it would require setting up a new lifestyle tag and pasting in the existing tag wiki. $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2014 at 9:54
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    $\begingroup$ Tags can be renamed by a moderator. However given Beta Decay's comment on the question it looks like that isn't needed at the moment. I personally think the "life" tag should be removed, which I am pretty certain a moderator can do. "lifestyle" sounds like it would come with too great a risk of being borderline off topic. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Oct 19, 2014 at 14:50
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling as long as the life tag is gone I'm happy - that all sounds good. I'm happy with lifestyle being abandoned too. $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2014 at 21:09
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/441/2072 $\endgroup$
    – Shokhet
    Nov 2, 2014 at 3:12

All questions tagged have now been retagged to .


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