In asking the chat room whether the tag would be appropriate for this question, we briefly discussed which tag would be appropriate, or and whether or not they needed to be distinct.

We have 49 questions tagged and 7 questions tagged . I've never seen any seriously problematic questions in either tag, but do we need a separate tag for "lore"? While there are subtle differences between the two, do we anticipate the use case for these 2 tags being distinct enough from each other to keep them as separate tags? Or should we just merge them?

  • If you're going to merge them, I'd call it something else like [story]
    – Nick T
    Aug 27, 2011 at 4:07

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While I agree that the two tags are similar, I don't think that they can simply be merged. I see more of a case for removing outright, but I'm reluctant to do that blindly.

The issue is a simple one: How do we handle a question about a game-world that isn't related to the plot? Asking Why are there are no tanks in Fallout? isn't an important plot point in the game -- it never comes up -- but that doesn't mean it's not an interesting question.

Some games have the benefit of having an established game universe, in which case a better choice might be rather than and , as evidenced by the and tags. (There's even a that the New Vegas question might benefit from)

I think the best course of action may be to simply remove the tag entirely. Though it doesn't have a tag wiki, I would define Lore to be any question focusing on the plot and background of a specific game, or a suite of games. In the case where there is only a single relevant game under discussion (such as this Terraria question), it is okay to use only the game tag. Popular franchises, on the other hand, would benefit from a tag instead, as they may be relevant to more than a single game.

  • What do you think of @NickT's suggestion of merging them into story? That would likely cover both plot and lore scenarios, I'd think. I agree that nuking lore seems like a good idea, which I assume you'd be able to do through your super-silent mod powers now.
    – FAE
    Aug 30, 2011 at 0:57
  • @FallenAngelEyes Hm. Story appears to currently be a synonym for plot. Let's see if I can figure out how to reversify that. Aug 30, 2011 at 1:08
  • My comment wasn't really meant as pro-merge (or anti-), but to use a more general term if you do
    – Nick T
    Aug 30, 2011 at 20:27

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