While asking my last question I noticed that there wasn't any Louis XIV tag. There seems to be enough questions that relate to him that there ought to be.
I was then curious to see if other noteworthy rulers and historical characters suffered from the same. Those with a tag that I found include:
- Charles V: charles-v
- Napoleon: napoleon, but not bonaparte
- Alexander the Great: alexander-iii-greece, which is not so discoverable IMHO
- Julius Caesar: julius-caesar, which was subject to a recent question
- George Washington: george-washington
- John Adams: john-adams
- Jesus: jesus, but not jesus-christ or a synonym thereof apparently
- Christopher Columbus: christopher-columbus
- Attila the Hun: attila, which should likely be renamed.
- Lenin: lenin
- Stalin: stalin
- Hitler: hitler
(I probably missed a few others.)
At the moment who gets a tag seems a bit arbitrary. And it seems odd, judging by some cursory searches (Bismarck, Louis XVI, Galileo, etc.), that some first tier historical characters don't have a tag when they probably should.
Just for clarity, I'm of the opinion that such tags ought to be for questions that are about the individuals in question. I'm assuming there is consensus on this idea in the History SE community. I'm further assuming that this state is not by design (or is it?) and that there's consensus that having people tags that newcomers can pick from is desirable.
I suspect that there are two main reasons for our dearth of people tags. The first is that users with high enough reputation to create tags are less likely to ask questions. The other is that it's more natural to use existing tags than it is to create them when asking or editing questions. (Anecdotally, I seldom do so.)
Now, assuming this is not by design (and the comments on this question suggests it is not):
Is there agreement on History SE that we want more people related tags and encourage their use for applicable questions?
If so, which format should we be preferring? For instance I've just created louis-xiv. This was a safe choice for the Sun King, but it could just as well have been louis-xiv-france or something to the same effect, so that charles-i-england is not confused with the many other Charles I.