This question is about two tags - and (and to a lesser extent ).

Dialogue is defined as: Questions related to specific pieces of a work's spoken word.

Quote is: A brief excerpt from a character's lines in a movie for question emphasis or analysis

Are both of these tags necessary? I can see why dialogue is difference from a quote, but looking through question histories it seems that often they've been used interchangeably (often paired with as well).

I'm basically seeing do we want to do anything about this, or simply make it clearer.

For example, if a question is about a specific line in the film, is that ? Or is that and ? If a question is about the meaning of several lines, is that and ?

What would people consider the proper use of all of these, as currently I feel, looking at all the dialogue questions, the quote questions and the specific scene questions, there is a bit of confusion and lack of consistency over this.

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I agree that they have been used a bit confusingly, especially as of recent.

I could see how has some specific meaning compared to the more general , i.e. when used for a specific characteristic line and especially in contexts other than mere explanation, like -style questions or questions. However, in the majority of cases the difference to is quite muddled and its hard to assess when something is a singular quote conpared to more complex dialogue, and especially in the context of dialogue-explanation type questions I would prefer over anyway.

I would thus propose to make a synonym of .

I would, however, not interfere this further with , which to me is rather orthogonal to both and . Well, the usage of is a bit confusing in itself (afterall, many questions are about a specific scene), but all in all has its uses, I guess. But I would treat the (dis)advantages of separately from the problem. I am personally not a particularly big fan of using for dialogue-explanation questions, but haven't ever seen it as too big a problem to warrant retagging, though.

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    +1. I could go with this. I do think specific scene is a tad confusing at times, but it certainly has its uses. It would be nice to get some consent on this, as currently I leave these three tags alone when doing most of my question-editing, as they've been so interchangeable. Joining quote and dialogue would be a big step in the right direction though, in my view. Feb 18, 2015 at 15:00
  • So we are doing it or not?
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Feb 24, 2015 at 7:52
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    @AnkitSharma I just wanted to give people some more consideration time after I featured it, maybe a few days.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:25
  • ok fair enough.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:32

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