I've been looking at tags recently as part of a post graduation clean up effort of sorts. The way tags are used on identification questions results in a lot of mess and I would like to propose a new method of dealing with identification questions.
Firstly, I would like to say that while I am against identification questions being on topic, that is not the purpose or the agenda of this meta post. Furthermore, I can appreciate that they bring a lot of traffic and new users to our site, and that's always a good thing.
Secondly, I believe tags should detail what the question is about, rather than what the question contains - information regarding what the question contains should be detailed in the question body and summarized in the title, and the tagging system should be used as a form of categorization.
Currently, that isn't what is happening.
Let's take a identify-this-movie just for a starter. You will see, after a quick browse through this tag, that identify-this-movie is accompanied inconsistently by the following tags:
These tags all describe the content that the person is looking for. Each of these tags should be words that appear in the body of the question itself (ie: "I'm looking for an action movie from the 80s... There was a group of guys that spoke French... etc)
(Continuing from this, there is a small amount of irony in expecting somebody who has arrived here asking a question about a movie they don't remember to clearly conclude that it was a French movie in which the dialogue was in English and not a British or American movie...)
These tags nearly always only appear on identification questions, and in the instances where they appear on other, non-identification questions, they're misused and would probably be better served by more specific tags.
While looking through the questions that would remain after removing language tags, it became apparent that just tagging them film-industry gives us a group of questions that could result in multiple conflicting questions based on the country of origin of the film industry being discussed.
For these instances, I'm proposing we reach a consensus on the inconsistent country tagging that has been outstanding for some time now. Once we conclude that language tags are out coming to a conclusion for this issue is pretty straight forward - simply implementing country specific industry tags following the format of countryname-cinema (for example french-cinema, american-cinema, iranian-cinema etc) would give these questions a meaningful tag that people can specialize in.
If we were to go down this route, current tags like hollywood would be removed from identification questions and hollywood would become a synonym of american-cinema.
The retirement of language and year tags, these all describe content that belongs in the question body rather than describing the type of question being asked.
The creation of country specific industry tags for questions about the cinematic industries of various countries. The renaming of tags or creation of synonyms for the existing country specific tags as required.