There are currently two questions using , and one of them is barely relevant WRT this tag (which has now been fixed).

I'm wondering whether there's even a point to the tag in general: I doubt anyone is going to subscribe to it, since each cancellation of a TV show has its own reasons and anyone with knowledge about a particular case is most likely following the tag related to that TV show. Even more so when it comes to "cancelled movies".

Is "cancellation" really a topic that deserves a tag of its own? Sure, there are nearly 70 results that come up when you search for "cancelled" and 15 when searching for "cancellation". But I don't really see these questions as related to each other.

I feel this tag doesn't really add anything relevant, just like or or would. (Oh wait, actually exists and has got two questions?)

  • Ugh, the old "if you won't subscribe to it, a tag is useless" approach. I never liked SE's attitude towards tagging. But valid question, indeed.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Feb 1, 2015 at 17:12
  • Does it hurt to have a tag that is, to this point, relatively unused? I answered a question on Saturday about a tv show was cancelled... maybe I should go back and add the tag.
    – Catija
    Feb 2, 2015 at 15:48
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    "Relatively unused" can become "widely used" very fast. And once you have a lot of questions in a tag, cleaning it up becomes a real chore. (Ask some of the larger SE sites like SO) In the spirit of keeping the site clean, we should decide early if something makes sense to safe us a lot of work later.
    – magnattic
    Feb 2, 2015 at 17:11

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Yes, there's a reason for it, even if it's potentially small.

You say:

I feel this tag doesn't really add anything relevant, just like or or would.

However, that couldn't be further from the truth. Cancellation denotes a specific reason as to why a show ended. Not all shows that end have been canceled.

Take LOST as an example. The writers intended for the show to end at a specific point, and only planned for it to run for 6 seasons.

Then you have shows like Firefly and Arrested Development that ended because their channels canceled further production due to low ratings.

Some shows manage to perform well for a season or two then peter off and are canceled (Futurama, which had it happen twice and had several direct-to-video "movies"), and others flop so horribly upon premiering that they're canceled and taken off the air before their first season is able to run its course (Drive). The finale tag wouldn't really be as relevant or accurate here because these shows didn't really have finales (save for the actual final episode of Futurama because it was announced) since they were just canceled and pulled off the air by their channels/studios.

Therefore, I'd say the cancellation tag is relevant as it denotes a specific reason for why a show ended.

  • That doesn't really explain why a tag is needed/what the benefit is, only why you can't use finale instead of cancellation.
    – magnattic
    Feb 2, 2015 at 15:30
  • I wanted to watch Drive, too... though I guess it made way for Castle, which is better... I'm still convinced that FOX hates Nathan Fillion. :(
    – Catija
    Feb 2, 2015 at 15:49
  • @atticae - finale relates to a final episode of series, which could be coming to a natural end based on the story its adapted from, not necessarily something that has been cancelled.
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Feb 2, 2015 at 18:26
  • Ian, I fail to see how that relates to my comment? I understand the difference, but that there is such a difference does not automatically result in a need to have a tag. In fact, I think the finale tag is unnecessary as well.
    – magnattic
    Feb 2, 2015 at 18:30
  • Note that Finale isn't a tag at the moment, I only used it to point out how it would be just as useless. Ditto for pilot (which does have two questions) and premiere.
    – BCdotWEB
    Feb 2, 2015 at 20:07

I say we burn it.

Your argument about a tag only having value if someone would subscribe to it does not hold. There are such things as contextual tags that help you narrow down your search, e.g. if you are interested in all analysis question for Breaking Bad, you filter for as well. That also does not have to mean that all questions have to be related to each other (obviously they aren't across shows).

Contextual tags also help in giving a quick overview of the questions topic just by looking at the tags.

So contextual tags are fine in general, as long as they are not so narrow that you wouldn't ever use it more than once per show/movie. Because in that case, you can just search normally for that one question you want to find, you don't really need a tag to find all relevant questions.

But there is usually not more than one question per show/movie about it's cancellation, so I don't see how we would need that tag. The same goes for and , which I don't really think are useful either. might be an edge-case, but is probably not that useful either.


I don't think it's completely useless, particularly if you're answering a question about the cancellation of a show. Using the above (MattD) answer, we can look at Family Guy, which I think has been cancelled twice.

A tag with just Family Guy will draw plenty of eyes, whereas a 2nd tag of Cancellation will most likely draw in the eyes that actually know about the cancellations and reasons. The question won't get lost in the sea of Family Guy questions, and the Cancellation tag will help it stick out. Since the answer is going to be known by a smaller percentage of people, I think it's more helpful to use the tag.

I know people freak out about tags sometimes, but I look at them as Google words; when I google I pick 3 or 4 words that are the most important because I know if an article or webpage has those words, it's probably what I want. I weed out the chaffe that way. I look at tags somewhat similarly; a few pertinent tags can get right to the question you're looking for.

Keep in mind, after they pass by the "Hot Topic of the Day", they're still on the site and someone may come along 2 years later searching for an answer when that question is buried on Page 80.

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