Okay, we have two tags:
For questions about creatures that are not found on Earth. These can be anything from dragons to Pegasus to your own made-up creature. They just need to not exist on this Earth.
For questions relating to races that are often found in the fantasy subgenre of fiction, such as elves, dwarves, etc. This can be about their physical characteristics, their societies, or something completely different.
I don't see anything in Meta about the difference. Both are well-used. A mere 20 questions have both tags. My guess is that questioners or editors find one, add it, and are done. But there's a lot of overlap.
Tag badges. No one has a silver or gold tag badge for either tag.
7 people have a bronze tag badge for mythical-creatures. Only 1 person has a bronze tag badge for fantasy-races (that person also has the first badge).
mythical-creatures has the following uses (50 most recent questions, not comprehensive):
- Generic monsters/evil/beasts
fantasy-races has the following uses (50 most recent questions, not comprehensive):
- Immortal being
I trust you all see the problem.
Basically, these tags could be synonyms of each other. I can see how and why there might be a division. But:
- Lots of creatures fit into both, no matter how you define the categories.
- Nobody pays the slightest attention.
These are both widely-used tags with a very small number of questions using both.
- Do we make one a synonym of the other?
- Do we combine them?
- Do we redefine them to create a significant difference then retag hundreds of questions?
- Or redefine without any re-tagging except going forward?
- Do nothing?
- There is now a synonym proposal up. Please vote.
- elemtilas has gone through all tagged questions and edited tags as needed.
- I submitted edits to the user guidance sections for both tags and both have been approved (the longer info sections still need editing but I wanted to see where this discussion went first).