If there are multiple games in a series that share a common name, how should these be tagged?

Take How do I lower my weapon in Halo 3? for example.

Should this be tagged:

  • halo-3 only, as it refers only to Halo 3?
  • halo and halo-3, to allow all Halo questions to be found under one tag? (With halo-1 or combat-evolved to differentiate from the original?)
  • Something else?
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This is analogous to how the other sites treat Windows questions for example.

  • windows for generic questions
  • windows-xp, windows-vista, windows-7, etc for specific versions.

so your first example would be the way.

You can specify wildcards in your interesting tags so "halo*" would find all questions tagged "halo", "halo-2", "halo-combat-evolved" etc.

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I would suggest the following:

  • What is Samus backstory? [metroid-series]
  • What hapens when you get 100% completion on metroid? [metroid] [nes]
  • How to beat the last boss in metroid prime 3? [metroid-prime-corruption] [wii] [spoiler]

Using the series (or even universe) addition will prevent confusion, when the first game has the same name as the series or the respective universe ([half-life] anyone?)

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I would use as follows:

Question: What is Master Chief's backstory? Tag: halo

Question: How do I get the recon armor? Tag: halo-3

I don't think it's ever necessary to use both for one question.

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If the consensus lies with ChrisF, we need to do more to retain consistency. Lots of StarCraft II questions are being tagged starcraft and starcraft-2.

Edit: Hopefully I've fixed this specific problem correctly. StarCraft I questions are currently tagged [starcraft], whereas I think [starcraft-1]/[starcraft-i]* would be more appropriate. I won't change all those questions without the thoughts of others though.

*Related issue: Tagging games with numbers as series

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