I am thinking of adding a new tag that might be helpful in Worldbuilding. One of the tags I am think of at the moment is multiverse.


For questions pertaining to or about the existence of multiple universes.

Additional info:

Multiverse theory discusses the possible existence of multiple parallel universes. This theory partially explains why the universe can support life, despite the very small probability of the universe would have all of the properties needed for life to form. Multiverse theory explains the Weak Anthropic Principle. If an infinite number of universes each have different properties, when intelligent life develops in one they will observe that their universe seems to posses a specific set of properties needed to support life. Multiverse provides a scientific explanation for creationism in religion.

I was looking at a post and thinking "I could add a few tags to this," but when I looked for those tags, I realized they didn't exist. Specifically, it was this post.

I am not wondering if it is possible to add these tags or how to add them, I have the rep to do so. What I am wondering is whether I should. Will adding this tag be helpful to other users? I have read the help section about tags, and it says:

As a general rule, you should avoid creating new tags if possible, and new users are not allowed to create new tags. Even if you have sufficient reputation, you should only create new tags when you feel you can make a strong case that your question covers a new topic that nobody else has asked about before on this site.

I don't this tag would be particularly novel, but I think they would help users search for questions about topics they like. For example, someone who is really interested in multiverse in particular could search for questions with that topic.

Should I create this tag, or would it just be more noise on the site? It would be great to hear what people's opinions are on this.

  • Do you have a tag description in mind? If you do you should post it so we can understand the intent of the new tag. – James Aug 27 at 16:13
  • @James For questions pertaining to or about the existence of multiple universes. I clarified the post with a blockquote – John Locke Aug 27 at 16:22
  • John check out: worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/tags/map-making/info – James Aug 27 at 16:48
  • Your description should include what the tag is about and what it is not about. Then there is a larger description available as well – James Aug 27 at 16:48
  • Oh, I will work on that. – John Locke Aug 27 at 22:01
  • @James I added an additional info section – John Locke Aug 27 at 22:53
  • I don't understand why this tag is needed according to you. You can already search for "multiverse". I have an issue with this tag specifically: While historically there were many great questions, not so much recently. I've seen many people being confused about the concept here and on Physics.SE and asking questions that are just them not understanding the idea behind it. – Raditz_35 Aug 28 at 13:03
  • 2nd part: Since this particular topic has such a high potential for low-quality questions, I think if a tag is created (that I would interprete as encouragement to post about it), you should consider writing a meta article (additionally to the tag description) about it to help people being confused about what the idea is actually about and what sort of questions are off/on-topic. Please see how many questions about "multiverse" have been closed or downvoted. This is not something that I propose to be done for every tag but for this one specifically for the reasons I stated. – Raditz_35 Aug 28 at 13:07
  • @Raditz_35 What would that look like? I think it would suffice to say "because of the potential for this tag to be misused, this tag should be used within the concept of world building as described in the help menu. Using the tag outside of this concept will likely result in your question being downvoted or closed." – John Locke Aug 30 at 10:58
  • I made a similar thread twice. I basically asked what a specific type of question needs to be on topic. How you do you communicate best why the question makes no sense/is unanswerable as is? How do you fix it? – Raditz_35 Aug 30 at 11:14
  • @Raditz_35 That is probably easier on other SE sites, but in my opinion world building has a definition that is too ambiguous. I would just point them toward the help menu. – John Locke Aug 30 at 11:33
  • Have you had success with that approach in the past? If someone doesn't know what this multiverse thing is supposed to be, I would argue they don't know more after reading the help stuff – Raditz_35 Aug 30 at 11:38
  • @Raditz_35 I haven't seen any off-topic questions that weren't already closed. I left questions that were sort of off topic to the moderators. – John Locke Aug 30 at 11:43
  • worldbuilding.meta.stackexchange.com/a/6629/54384 has is a good point. Questions should be about building a world, not making a plot in said world. That said, what about technology/is this possible questions? They are in between world building and plot creation. They affect the world, but aren't directly connected to it. They can also affect the plot but aren't connected. A good example for that kind of question is this one. worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/123462/… – John Locke Aug 30 at 11:57

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