In light of the recent controversy and edit wars over tagging, it is clear that History.SE needs a community consensus on tagging. I would therefore like to initiate discussions on tagging specific topics, starting with the Second World War.
In the past, the standard has been to tag WW2 questions with world-war-two and the relevant participants that is the focus of the question, e.g. nazi-germany or soviet-union, and/or the location, e.g. north-africa. Recently, one user have been editing ww2-european-theater onto many questions, while another user have removed the country tags from many of the results. Surely all well-intentioned, but unfortunately inconsistent.
Therefore, this post seeks to develop and codify a standard practice going forward.
Detailed tags are inherently useful. Unfortunately, (1) There's a limit of 5 tags per question, and (2) Inconsistent tagging resulting from lack of space harms the utility of the tagging system. We therefore need to strike a balance between specificity/detail, and pragmatism, that the community at large finds acceptable.
The primary questions that comes to mind are:
- Should WW2 questions be tagged by theatre?
a. If so, what theatre tags do we need?
b. Further, do theatre tagged questions require the WW2 general tag still?
- Should we have country / regional tags on WW2 questions?
a. If so, under what circumstances should country tags be assigned?
b. Should we still use these if we want to use theatre tags?
c. What about continental tags, such as europe or asia?
- Should the war tag be used too?
- Under what circumstances should the sino-japanese-war tag coexist with the WW2 tags?
If there are any other tags to consider, please suggest them.