So we have these tags such as first-person-shooter, rpg, and mmorpg which, at first glance, seem to be pretty well off(63, 72, and 80 usages, respectively)...until you examine how consistently they're being used:
- There are 163 WoW questions. 21 of them are tagged as MMORPGs, meaning 13% of all WoW questions have been tagged with their appropriate genre.
- There are 135 Fallout: New Vegas questions. 8 of them have been tagged RPG (all by the same person), meaning 6% of all F:NV questions have been genre-tagged. Admittedly, this isn't the best example, as F:NV is a FPS/RPG hybrids, but there are no F:NV questions tagged as FPS.
- There are 90 Call of Duty: Black Ops questions. Only one of them has been tagged as an FPS.
Furthermore, there are 4 questions which are tagged both as RPG and MMORPG, all asked by different people. Not a huge number, but still significant in that it shows some confusion as to whether or not these tags should be mixed together.
I liked what Grace was saying here about how genre tags are applicable, but if we are to make proper use of them, it's going to require not only extensive retagging, but also extensive site maintenance. These are tags that are applicable to almost every single acceptable question on the website, and the past months of data show users don't naturally gravitate towards using them.
How should we handle this situation? Are we fine to keep the situation as is, where we encourage users to add them but don't enforce their usage? Or should we apply/remove the tags site-wide?