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If we can't burn the "reality check" tag, can we rename it?

I would propose naming the tag internal-consistency because the rules-consistency might be confusing for users. In the opposite direction of what it is now: reality-check makes them think it is "...
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Should we migrate our conlang questions?

I'm going to say no for three reasons: Questions that are on-topic here shouldn't be migrated away without the asker's consent. People chose to ask them here and they're within our scope; why should ...
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Should we take off our [footwear]?

This feels pretty synonymous with clothing. I'd vote for merging the tag or just deleting it altogether.
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Mutually-exclusive goals and how to discover them

Normally not. There is an exception however: hard-science requires that you cite sources and have equations and stuff like that. It's a sort of meta-tag, something StackExchange in general doesn't ...
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Why are all tags un-capitalised?

From Is there any reason why tags are lower-cased? on Meta.StackExchange: Lower-case tags have several advantages: Prevents people accidentally creating two tags that differ only in capitalisation, ...
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Scores and synonyms

Yeah, the synonym-suggestion interface really doesn't work well on most sites. First, there's the problem you brought up. Second and possibly more important, even if you do manage to suggest a ...
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Possible new 'non-reality-check' tag?

Whenever I see a "non-" tag I cringe a little, because tags are meant to indicate areas of expertise. Somebody might be an expert in planets or creature-design or magic or even in conducting reality-...
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Tags cleaning: singular vs. plural

I don't think it really matters, but I vote for plural. I forget where I first heard this, but tags are supposed to attract people who can say "I am an expert in/on [tag]". You would not say "I am an ...
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Would a 'Handwavium' tag be a bad idea?

Yes. It's a bad idea. (or at least I would argue against it) I say this mainly because handwavium is used to explain away things we aren't worried about when we are bending the laws of the real ...
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What does the "design" tag even mean? Do we want it?

Actually despite the fact I've said a few times now that I think it's too early for a tag cull...in this case I agree, the tag is pretty meaningless.
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Should we rename [insect] to [insects]?

Agreed -- tags that are counting nouns should generally be plural. I just renamed it.
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Do we need the [idea-based] tag on Main?

So to baseline. At its heart the Stack Network is about asking specific questions and getting specific answers. Admission: World Building is a weird beast. We are perhaps one of the sites that ...
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How realistic should a question tagged "reality-check" be?

The reality-check tag says: Unlike the science-based tag, a reality-check question does not always require a scientific explanation. Most of the time, it is used to figure out if a concept make ...
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Do we need the [poke] tag on Meta?

The tag in question is used by a single question, posted nearly three years ago. That question is voted +6/-9 for a net -3. The tag appears to try to describe something that is rather strongly ...
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Do we need the [idea-based] tag on Main?

The tag appears to be an invitation to close the question as opinion based or too broad, and was apparently created in protest at exactly that happening. As I said on the review, I see no purpose to ...
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Restore Tactics as a separate tag from warfare

status-completed: I deleted the synonym but didn't do anything about the 23 questions that were auto-retagged after the synonym was created. Both tactics and strategy apply to contexts beyond war -- ...
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Renaming the "magic" tag to "magic-based"

Renaming the tag would change the meaning. The distinction between magic and magic-based is that "magic" is descriptive and "magic-based" is proscriptive. A "magic" tag ...
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Do we need the [4chan] tag on Meta?

I've removed the tag. I've also closed the question, which is asking about 4chan, not about Worldbuilding (our site). Meta is for questions about our site or about the SE software, not about where ...
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Are weapons questions on topic?

I think weapons are no more or less on-topic than plants, animals, or gravity. That is to say, if your question relates to how weapons fit into your world or what weapons your world may have or ...
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Does [hard-science] imply [science-based] imply [reality-check]?

I partially disagree and partially agree that they imply each other, fortunately it's easy to demonstrate in this case. A reality-check asks "is this possible/feasible/plausible". A hard-science ...
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should we add a NSFW tag?

No, no, no, no. Not until you can, at the very least, say I am an expert in not-safe-for-work. Why should we judge what is considered "safe for work" for someone? What would be the specific criteria ...
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Do we need [economy] and [economics]?

After scanning the two tags, I'd say they're complete synonyms. There are 501 questions with the tag economy and 40 with the tag economics. It seems to me that economics can therefore be replaced with ...
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How to keep the "hard science" tag "hard"?

Tag misuse is not limited to the hard science tag. I often see worldbuilding process and other tags just thrown there without any founded reason. Usually this involves unexperienced users, who do not ...
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Rename [life] to [lifestyle]

Remove life tag I agree that the life 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 ...
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Do we really need to ask about creating tags?

I agree We appear to have a new "Should we (not) have this tag?" almost every day. We are a new site and we currently don't really know what we want to do with tags. On numerous answers about tag ...
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Should questions about conlangs be tagged with "conlangs", or is "linguistics" good enough?

I like the idea of conlang being a synonym of linguistics. linguistics is broader than conlang, but on this site they are practically the same. But there are enough people who would want to use ...
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Ordering the questions of Wordbuilding Meta

I don't think we should delete meta posts just because they no longer apply. Meta is still useful as part of our history and so we can look up why we did something (if there was a post about it). ...
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Dealing with sense of scale in space

Yes. This irks me. A lot. Hm. I think that this issue arises from a more general class of problems in questions dealing with astronomy: imagination exceeds common sense. All three of the questions ...
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How bout adding a "Broad" or "General" tag?

No, this sort of meta tag is a barrier to entry and intuitive understanding of the site. In general we avoid meta tags (there have been discussions as to why in the past if you search for them) and ...
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Do our tags need tags?

I do think we have a certain subset of tags that get used a lot (like hard-science and reality-check) and/or get talked about a lot (something like magic); it seems like it'd be useful to have these ...
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