A recent focus for those of us who want to see this site continue to grow has been on cleaning up our tags. We want to make sure that each tag means something on the questions it's applied to.

Recently we had the tag destroyed. It was not a useful tag, and it has been replaced with more specific tags, or removed entirely. The next tag we'd like to target is the .

The problems with these tags aren't entirely the fault of the tag, but they are very general and we'd like to add more specific tags to questions when we can. We should be able to look at the tag and know to some degree of accuracy what the question is about.

What exactly is a question tagged , about? I have no idea, it's currently on 242 questions and I'm not convinced it adds much to very many of them.

There are several different categories of questions that can currently (and correctly) be tagged .

  • Questions about the life of Jesus
  • Questions about his saving work
  • Questions about the messiah prophesies
  • Questions about etymology
  • Questions about the teachings of Jesus
  • Questions related to theology about Jesus

The goal here is to have our tags mean something, and right now I don't feel like the tag is adding anything to the questions it's on. If you have additional questions types that should be here, please add them or comment about them if you can't edit.

Since this is meta, I will mention that the question title immediately brought to mind "Crucify him!" (Matt. 27:22). :-\ –  Paul A. Clayton Dec 19 '12 at 13:55
@PaulA.Clayton first we kill god, now we're going to crucify his son? We're a heinous lot. –  wax eagle Dec 19 '12 at 14:02
Hey! With that new picture, it looks like you got a hat not in the collection! –  Affable Geek Dec 20 '12 at 5:19
@PaulA.Clayton: since this is a tag, I thought, "Capitalise Him". Small J... pah! –  Wikis Dec 20 '12 at 14:00
@waxeagle Don't worry, He'll be back three days later anyway. –  Iszi Dec 23 '12 at 23:26
Could Jesus exist after we killed God? –  user1054 Dec 27 '12 at 21:47

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I'm convinced that the only questions in this list that should be tagged are the ones about the life of Jesus. And these could easily be retagged to . We can move the other questions to better tags.

I'm open to other solutions, whatever we do, this will be a fairly long process as it's not a tag we can just burn and move on (like was). There isn't a cut and dried replacement here either, although I have a feeling could be substituted in a number of places.

does it make sense to you to retag the ones you say that could remain as life-of-christ? –  Peter Turner Dec 18 '12 at 15:32
@PeterTurner very possible. That would be a solid, unambiguous tag –  wax eagle Dec 18 '12 at 15:41
@PeterTurner: Alternatively, life-of-jesus. I feel like that would be more likely to be searched for when tagging. –  El'endia Starman Dec 18 '12 at 19:56
we can synonymize one to the other, so they'd both come up. –  wax eagle Dec 18 '12 at 19:58
One thing I would add is that if the question is trying to define the relationship between Jesus and the Father, we can just use trinity. –  Jon Ericson Dec 18 '12 at 21:26
@JonEricson is that always appropriate? (obvs we have to be sensitive to the non-trinitarians who would need someway to tag non-trinitarian questions related to the relationship) –  wax eagle Dec 18 '12 at 21:28
Good point. Those sorts of question will probably need a more explicit tag to avoid ambiguity. It just seems like jesus means several mutually exclusive things. –  Jon Ericson Dec 18 '12 at 21:47

The problem I have with re-tagging in general is that we are going to have to be very, very vigilant about it. As interested as we are, I suspect the average person is just thinking "What's the minimum I can do here to post?" Frankly, if I see a question tagged "Jesus" and "God" or "Bible" (especially when they are asking about Moses!) I already know where the user is coming from.

As such, there are always going to be several silly, useless tags - Jesus, God, Bible - I've got them all :) Re-tagging will be an ongoing process. "God" help the poor soul who wanders into eschataology, soteriology, or christology. (When I see those tags, I know I'm dealing with a JonEricson or DanODay!)

So, in my mind, the only question is, what purpose does re-tagging solve? And there are only two that I can think of:

  1. For people only interested in a subset of questions (e.g. "I don't care about 'Traditions', just stuff from the Bible!), they are going to subscribe to the "Bible" tag and nothing else.

  2. For people like me who keep scouring the site looking for something to answer, the tags might lead them to other questions. But really, do I scour the huge tags? Nope -just the esoteric tags that lead me down an interesting path. (e.g. "Hymns")

In the second case, then, retagging is of no benefit. In the first, for people who subscribe, I would argue that having a few broad tags is what people really want here. As such, getting rid of the "problem tags" may actually be less helpful to our users.

I'm not passionate about this, but I think it is worth at least making the case for "God," "Jesus," and the "Bible." :)

"God" is already dead and gone. Too late about that. :P –  El'endia Starman Dec 20 '12 at 7:26
Yes, we will have to be vigilant, we may blacklist god if it comes back. Jesus has a good use, and it's up to us to make sure it stays used for the "good" uses and not the poor ones. It's work, but no more work than removing other spurious tags. Tags are almost always incorrectly applied so it's not any new work, just a bit more standardizations –  wax eagle Dec 20 '12 at 16:34
Since I'm mentioned in this post, I figured I'd point out that only Western Christians with an Aristotelian/Scholastic approach to theology would be having this discussion :P –  Dan Dec 21 '12 at 16:20

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