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One tag per game. Two tags for a game is not how SE rolls.
The game name should be understandable/googleable when SE chooses to put it at the start of the question page title.
We shouldn't shorten where we can help it.
Tag radixes should be consistent (e.g. all tags for the same game series should have the same start.)
The game series should be spelt in extended form:
half-life, not hl; prince-of-persia, not pop. Sequels/DLCs should keep the same radix as the parent game's tag, and add to it: from
need-for-speed we should form need-for-speed-mw, not nfs-most-wanted. Questions about the over-arching series of the game should be tagged by adding
-series to the tag name:
half-life-series plot, not half-life half-life-2 half-life-2-ep1 half-life-2-ep2 plot.
Deviate from this whenever it makes sense to (see requirement 2); if being consistent would result in a stretch, we can use synonyms to redirect things the way we want to. Mostly.
For example, we have already decided that we should have nfs-most-wanted instead of need-for-speed-mw after all.
Aug 12, 2011 at 22:20
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Simple rules can solve this:
Don't use acronyms, they cause ambiguity!
i.e. Is PoR Path of Radiance or Portrait of Ruin? Is SC StarCraft 2 or Supreme Commander 2? And so on...
The series tag should only be used when the question is about the series.
The tag should not contain the series name if the tag represents the edition by itself.
i.e. modern-warfare-2 Search for it on Google, it is pretty well known that Modern Warfare 2 is a CoD.
If you do need the series name, make the series name long and not the edition.
i.e. call-of-duty-mw2 Don't go for a fish like cod. If you don't know what modern-warfare-2 is on it's own, cod-modern-warfare-2 might not help make it clear. Google Call of Duty as it you will help you find the meaning of mw2. The other way around does not always do this. But in this case, modern-warfare-2 should be just fine...
Make sure that appropriate synonyms are made for auto-completion purposes.
i.e. cod-6, cod-mw2, call-of-duty-6, call-of-duty-mw2, and so on...
Things to remember about tags:
An user should be able to
uniquely and unambiguously identify the topic the tag is about, thus Google by itself should be able to guide the user. But of course, the tag wiki is there to make the job easier and guide the users for in which cases the tag should be used.
They should auto-complete well, use synonyms to help correct the common odd cases.
They must be useful when searching, as that feature is used a lot.
I don't want to be wandering in individual games when I want questions that apply to all games...
Aug 12, 2011 at 21:15
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modern-warfare-2being a subset of
modern-warfare-2and ... uhm, yeah, actually tag-wiki is enough, why should
call-of-dutiebe mentioned at all in the tag?