Since the start of the Mists of Pandaria contest, we've had to clarify that not only does a question have to be tagged world-of-warcraft, but also has to be related to Mists of Pandaria. As a user who's primary gaming interest is World of Warcraft, I will probably end up littering this list of questions with some non-MoP questions here and there.
I propose that we add a wow-mists-of-pandaria tag for Mists of Pandaria questions. This will both aid the contest when determining what questions and answers are eligible, and it will also help help draw the distinction between MoP questions and non-MoP questions. Generally, it can be assumed that all World of Warcraft questions are regarding the same expansion. However, at this point in time, our questions will be primarily split between two expansions.
This is where it gets hairy.
In a previous meta post, I realized that the reason that we only have one main tag for WoW instead of recognizing separate expansions is that:
- Expansions generally just date the question, which is accomplished easily with the actual date of the question
- While there is reason to follow tags for upcoming expansions, there is very little reason to follow the tags for outdated expansions
- The distinction between major versions and expansions (eg. 4.x and Cataclysm) can be fairly nitpicky
The last point is the one that most makes me second-guess this proposal. Technically speaking, the expansion pack is the content and the major version release, while timed with the expansion, is just part of the base game. This distinction is made in-game by what features are available to players who have not bought an expansion as opposed to those who have. So, for example, talent trees are part of the base game, but the Firelands raid is part of the Cataclysm expansion.
The problem lies in knowing what will and will not be a part of the base game when Mists of Pandaria is released. As of now, we can assume that most new content (questing zones, Pandaren race, dungeon and raid content, etc.) is going to be expansion-only content. However, Blizzard has stated that pet battles are a part of the base game, not Mists of Pandaria. The only problem with this is that it classifies pet battles as a part of WoW 5.0, not a part of WoW: MoP.
However, that's only if we use Blizzard's distinction of what is a part of world-of-warcraft and what is a part of wow-mists-of-pandaria rather than our own. If we were open to defining ourselves what counts and what doesn't, then the last part would be a non-issue and would allow the tag to be used for the contest.