We've just gotten this question, based on the 2011 TV series Episodes. It's the first question based on that show, so I created a tag for it.

As would be a fairly generic tag and might lead people to use it for any questions based on any tv show episodes, I created a tag called .

Are people happy with this, or would they prefer or perhaps a combination of the show and its start date: ?

Note: I should this is a very isolated case and isn't worthy of a colossal discussion. I'm really just trying to gauge opinion on it. The old maxim still stands that usually it will be or if necessary.

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    We decided the tag suffix as -tv rather then -tv-series but still i think episodes-tv will be vague and you suggestion is ok.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 12:19
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    @AnkitSharma: I was aware of that discussion but thought the same as you (nice diamond by the way ;)) Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 12:22
  • And I was just about to reformat the tag into the "proper" episodes when I thought exactly the same. Thanks for asking this question. That being said in such a case I might even go with episodes-2011 (if that doesn't prompt users to use it for any TV episode from 2011, but ok, there has to be a line somewhere).
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 13:21
  • Aaand...people still use it. Probably simply because typing "episodes" and clicking the first tag that appears is quite easy. So we could go with episodes-tv as well, then.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 14:17
  • Aaand...a very good recent one!
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented Jul 18, 2015 at 22:37
  • @NapoleonWilson Sarcasm?
    – Catija
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 22:04
  • @Catija No, why? It's a good example for the misuse of the tag.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 10:35

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I'd rather opt for .

While you are correct in that the currently established way here would be either or , I also agree that they are very ambiguous and likely to be used for any question about a TV-show's episodes.

However, I think this is to a large degree equally bad for . Even if that is admittedly only anecdotal evidence, I feel that people indeed use that tag now and then for totally unrelated questions, likely because it looks as if it's about "episodes of a TV series" (in fact I just recently accidentally removed it from a question where it actually was correctly used, merely because I was naturally conditioned to think that this tag is usually misplaced anyway ;-)).

Given that it would also set a wrong precedent, since we explicitly decided against the use of -tv-series as tag appendage, I think would be a good compromise. It would on the one hand use an established practice from this site's tagging strategies and on the other hand it also might be a bit more specific. While people could still mistake it for meaning "any episodes from 2011", this is a less likely interpretation than "episodes of a TV series" for the -tv-series version. (Of course this still won't guard us from people just typing episodes... and being satisfied with the first tag that appears, no matter if it has some appendage, but this can't be prevented anyway. At least the -2011 should make them aware of it being somehow "special", or more "special" than -tv-series.)

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    I don't think episodes-2011 is a particularly good pick either. Its not clear that if I want to ask a question about the Episodes tv series that I should use episodes-2011, especially if I dont know that the show was made in 2011. What about episodes-showtime-series or something? Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 17:01
  • @DavidGrinberg Good point, I admittedly had more the misuses than the actually correct usages in mind. Though, your suggestion isn't particularly good either IMHO, since it introduces too much clutter. I don't think it's good practice, even in just a single case, to include the production studio/TV-channel in the tag.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 17:04
  • @DavidGrinberg I disagree. You're going about it backwards. Someone asking a question isn't going to have to know that it's from 2011... the wiki excerpt will include the fact that it's a Showtime Series. All we're trying to do is find a clear, concise way to prevent people from tagging every question about a specific episode of a tv show "episodes"... which the -2011 should do.
    – Catija
    Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 14:43

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