The Stanley Parable is now a stand-alone game on Steam. It started off as a mod. It also has an interesting Demo for the full game, but that is a potentially different issue.

The main problem here is that the mod and full game are the same name. All versions (including the Demo) have questions, but they are all tagged as .

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    Can you remove the last paragraph (and maybe the last sentence of the second paragraph) from the question and move it to an answer for voting and counter-proposals? Oct 18, 2013 at 21:31
  • I took the liberty of moving those lines into a CW answer for you so that we can get on with discussing how to tag these. Oct 19, 2013 at 1:05
  • @SevenSidedDie Thanks for that. I was unable to get on for a few days.
    – Batophobia
    Oct 21, 2013 at 14:57

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This is precisely the same situation we had for SimCity so I suppose we could go a similar route:

The fact that the original game was a mod is an implementation detail; it's basically irrelevant for us. A question tagged sounds like a question about a mod for The Stanley Parable.

Using the year of release date is both unambiguous, clearer and it's consistent with what we've been doing.

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    Using the year is also consistent with disambiguation conventions of encyclopaedias and public databases, and it's the long-accepted way to handle identical movie titles. Oct 19, 2013 at 21:06
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    +1 though, I agree with @Zommuter below that the-stanley-parable-demo should be its own separate tag, rather than the-stanley-parable and demo tags. Unlike most demos, it is not just some small part of the Stanley Parable - it is actually ts own, completely separate game. Oct 21, 2013 at 4:44
  • +1 - what @BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft said
    – Zommuter
    Oct 21, 2013 at 6:25
  • I think mods on the new game should include the mod tag. How did we handle other games like this (such as Counter Strike, Day Z, and Alien Swarm)?
    – Batophobia
    Oct 21, 2013 at 14:55
  • So should questions specifically about the 2013 version only have the 2013 tag, or should they carry both tags so that a user can view all Stanley Parable related questions at once?
    – Zibbobz
    Oct 29, 2013 at 14:10
  • @Zibbobz as with any other game series, just use the game name tag.
    – badp
    Oct 29, 2013 at 21:03

As one who has played all 3 versions, I (Batophobia) can verify that each one is different.

I suggest changing the questions about the mod to and leaving the questions about the full game as . As for the demo, it can probably remain under the full game tag and maybe add the tag to it.

(This self-answer moved from the question to this CW for voting purposes.)

  • This is essentially what I suggested on chat as well.
    – user98085
    Oct 19, 2013 at 9:46
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    Making the demo waste two tags is nonsense - since the demo is entirely different, it should simply have its own tag the-stanley-parable-demo
    – Zommuter
    Oct 19, 2013 at 18:22
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    demo is an awful tag and should absolutely not be used.
    – user9983
    Oct 21, 2013 at 2:40
  • -1 they are both standalone source-engine mods, it's just that one costs money. You can play both without owning HL2. Oct 21, 2013 at 4:36
  • @OrigamiRobot Indeed, on second thought the way it's currently used it is quite a meta-tag - no use on its own. Maybe we should ban it entirely?
    – Zommuter
    Oct 21, 2013 at 6:24
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    @BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft Since the Source SDKs were created, all kinds of stuff that previous required HL2 no longer does. The line separating "HL2 mod" from "Source Engine game" is almost non-existent now. Oct 21, 2013 at 9:20
  • ...yes, that's my point. Oct 21, 2013 at 9:30
  • @Zommuter I agree with you, but technically it is the official demo of the game, so I can accept either way.
    – Batophobia
    Oct 21, 2013 at 14:56

A counter-proposal derived from edits that have been done on Main:

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    Absolute nonsense. Retagging like this means we end up having to make [the-stanley-parable] a synonym of either - and which one do we choose then? It also means both tags deviate from the actual name of the game.
    – user98085
    Oct 19, 2013 at 9:48

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