We have - it has some questions on it that belong on that tag, we don't appear to have any questions raised for any of the other major rating bodies;

  • ACB, the Australian media rating system.
  • ESRB, the United States and Canadian computer and video game rating system
  • ELSPA, the former British computer and video game rating system, replaced by the PEGI system.
  • PEGI, the European computer and video game rating system
  • USK, the German computer and video game rating system
  • OFLC, the New Zealand media rating system
  • GRB, the South Korean computer and video game rating system.
  • Eirin, the Japanese film rating system.

We do have questions mentioning these bodies though. Would it be worthwhile creating a new tag to encompass all related questions to the correct tag (we have some questions on for example that would be better under a generic media-ratings tag) and then synonym the others to that so that in future any such questions get raised under this new tag?

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I don't think it's worthwhile to create a new tag: rather, I think these should be handled like the platform tags:

  • If the question is about the ratings body, it should be tagged with the ratings body. Right now, we only need 1, as nobody seems to be interested in asking questions about the other bodies. If someone does ask a question about a different ratings body, we should create a tag for that ratings body then and there.

  • However, if a question merely mentions a ratings body and that mention is incidental to what the question wants to know (example), the question should be left untagged.

Note 1: to that end, I'm not sure why the DO NOT USE tag wiki was added to it: it's not currently part of the tag cleanup, and it doesn't run into any of the problem categories outlined by Oak. I've gone ahead and approved your tag wiki suggestions removing that notice.

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    I 90% agree with this, though I'd argue for a canonical tag content-ratings or similar with esrb and others as synonyms as needed. Jul 26, 2012 at 18:16
  • @LessPop_MoreFizz Why? I'm not seeing the benefit over the status quo: esrb isn't being abused, and creating content-ratings creates a new, potentially abusable category 6 tag that's currently only synonymous with ESRB.
    – user3389
    Jul 26, 2012 at 18:21
  • @MarkTrapp re: 1 - I began burning and then rolled back, I submitted a separate tag wiki after this, and then raised this question - thanks for accepting my amended tag wiki submission.
    – user27134
    Jul 26, 2012 at 18:23
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    @Mark because the subject matter is generally similar across various ratings boards and it minimizes the risk of, say, a grb question ending up untagged. Jul 26, 2012 at 18:32
  • @LessPop_MoreFizz the ESRB questions we have are specifically about ESRB practices; one's knowledge of one rating system doesn't apply to the others: for example, knowing PEGI's age-gating policies doesn't inform you of what the ESRB's policies are. And nobody's asking GRB-specific questions, so there's no risk of them getting untagged.
    – user3389
    Jul 26, 2012 at 19:54

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