Quoting the top-voted answer by @DCShannon in the last meta post about this issue - Do we want to support “Is there a term for x” questions?
I'm having trouble understanding the motivation for limiting ourselves
As always, if a specific question doesn't have enough information to
answer it, then close it for being unclear.
If the question clearly describes the concept, and it's a gaming
concept, then who better to say whether there's a term for it, and
what that term is, than the people that play games all the time?
If you insist that questions need to solve objective, practical
problems, then these questions would solve the problem of the asker
not knowing how to effectively communicate with other gamers about the
games that they play:
"Hey, I'm missing something on my screen." "What?" "The... y'know, when you attack." "What are you talking about?" "It's all around when
you attack things, letting you know how it went." "Whatever man, I'm
"I'm missing the damage numbers. How do I turn those on?" "Go to your settings and enable damage text."
The two top-voted answers in that meta post are:
- The answer by DCShannon saying: Yes. (currently at 20 votes)
- The answer by badp saying: No. Only questions that ask to define a term in the context of a single game should be allowed. (currently at 17 votes)
No community consensus
There has been no community consensus in that meta post for years now. DCShannon's "yes" answer has had a few more votes than badp's "no" answer for years and not just a few months or weeks ago. See this SEDE query with the scores over time (credits to @Schism for providing the SEDE query in their comment). Notice that for most of the meta post's existence, the two answers were voted to near parity (i.e., no consensus).
I'm wondering why the answer with the lesser votes to the relevant meta post is the policy, when there was no consensus in the first place.
Tag wiki policy information should be based on community consensus
Related meta post: Should a question be closed because it does not align with a tag’s wiki?
At the time Wrigglenite edited the tag wiki to explicitly mention the current policy (on Sept. 11, 2018), the scores were +22/-6 (yes) and +24/-4 (no). Even at that time, (almost 3 years ago) there was no consensus. I believe that edit shouldn't have been made in the first place.
Later on (in June 2020), pppery suggested an edit (that got approved) removing that part stating correctly that "there does not appear to be consensus for this rule." This edit was later rolled back by Frank, with no reason stated for the rollback.
Policy suggestion not followed properly
badp's answer (the current policy) states that only questions that ask to define a term in the context of a single game should be allowed. Multiple examples are given at the start of their answer.
Currently, most of the questions with the terminology tag will be off-topic if that policy suggestion is implemented. Most questions tagged with terminology apply to all games or to a broad game genre. The policy suggestion is not even followed properly.
The current policy is not based on community consensus in a meta post, and worse, is based on the answer with the lesser votes (whose policy suggestion is not even followed properly). So, I'm saying yes, we should change our policy because it shouldn't have been the policy in the first place.