This issue came up recently after I retagged a pair (1, 2) of questions to add the tag. Both of the questions only had the tag.

A while later the changes were reverted and a discussion began in the comments of the first question. My feeling was that questions should have their game-related tag, even if there are relevant sub-tags which would imply it.

They believed that having the one tag removed the need for the other, as people could still look at questions from both tags by using wildcards in their search (e.g. dwarf-fortress*).

I feel that it's unreasonable to expect an arbitrary user, while browsing tags, for example, to assume that the tag for a game wouldn't include all the questions about that game. And other games with subtags can't be wildcarded as conveniently ( and ).

Additionally, for consistency, only 2 of 21 questions don't also have the tag.

So, in essence, do people feel that a question about a specific game should always have that tag, regardless of its other tags? Should those questions in particular have the dwarf-fortress tag added back?

  • I asked this roughly a month ago. We didn't have any resolution on it, so I'm not sure how to handle it. The main question seems to be if the subtag is even needed, if the two modes of play are so similar. I'd prefer to separate the two out, as there are several questions that ask specifically about Adventure Mode.
    – Frank
    Apr 17, 2013 at 15:55
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    Even searching dwarf fortress autocorrects to [dwarf-fortress], thereby excluding [dwarf-fortress-adventure] questions. So I agree with you: if the tags aren't going to me merged, then all of the Adventure questions should also have the primary tag added so that people can properly find them when they want all questions about the game in any mode. Apr 17, 2013 at 16:38
  • Interesting how in 2010 they were split (your link), and in 2012 it was revisited with an answer suggesting what this question was about (games always having their games tag), and now it's come up again in 2013 due to the two not becoming fully consistent!
    – Samthere
    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:09
  • @Samthere You see why I punted on this issue. :) Apr 19, 2013 at 19:33
  • Once again a reason SE should implement the implicit tagging hierarchy - any df-* tagged question would implicitly be considered tagged dwarf-fortress without anyone tagging having to remember to add that tag...
    – Zommuter
    Apr 28, 2013 at 17:03

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Having looked at the link in the comments from fbueckert, I'd like to propose the following solution:

This way, there is still a parent tag shared by all Dwarf Fortress questions, in honour of them all relating to the same game, but the distinction between questions that apply to only one game mode remains clear.

This also helps future-proof the tags - as adventure mode implements more fortress mode features, questions will increasingly apply to both modes, so the tag alone will host questions that could equally apply to either.

Shortening the child tags to df- keeps them concise.

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    I have to disagree with shortening the tags, that's going to make them less discoverable. Otherwise I'm good with this.
    – kotekzot
    Apr 18, 2013 at 19:32
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    I like this solution much better than condensing them into a single tag. As I pointed out in the comments on this question, I think that would be harmful.
    – SaintWacko
    Apr 23, 2013 at 0:44

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