I just noticed that we have an tag. I perused the (7) questions using it and noticed that most of them really didn't have much to do with alternate worlds. They all would be perfectly identifiable with only the other tags they used. Does anyone else think that these questions poorly use the tag, or that we don't need the tag at all?

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    $\begingroup$ I do think they are useless. Most worlds will be alternate worlds anyway. Those that are not can use: history, Earth or other tags. $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 15:40
  • $\begingroup$ Worth bearing in mind that there's a proposal for alternate histories at the moment - I'm arguing they should be on topic here: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/79097/alternative-history $\endgroup$
    – Liath
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps altering the tag to alternate-earth would be better? $\endgroup$
    – Liath
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 15:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Liath Ahh, I remember that question. I'm not sure if changing the tag name would be good or bad; it's an interesting idea, though. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868 Mod
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 15:57
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    $\begingroup$ I believe alternate history is also on topic $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 16:15
  • $\begingroup$ Alternate History indeed is on topic. $\endgroup$
    – Mourdos
    Commented Nov 9, 2014 at 15:59
  • $\begingroup$ Sure, alternate history is on-topic. But the tag is being improperly used, which is the issue I was trying to get at. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868 Mod
    Commented Nov 9, 2014 at 16:00

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We already have an tag that functions to define worlds as earth like in all ways except those specified in the question.

As defined is redundant, and less descriptive in it's meaning. Alternate can mean totally unlike Earth or like Earth (just the English definitions I mean, the meaning is well spelled out in the tag definition)


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