Was about to post a new question, and noticed that on the tag-entry field the example says to include at least one tag such as "thriller the-dark-knight-rises character." Shouldn't the example be ONE tag, instead of three, and one a little less vague? I did see the movie, was not impressed, and don't remember the character "Thriller." I DO remember the lozenge-deficient character Bane... And the main character Batdance (although that might be from the 1989 version).

I posit we should use a more recognizable single tag as an example.

If the example is culling from a random pile, it's not working well. Three refreshes still pulled that example.

  • I DON'T recommend identify-this as an example because so many people here (not me) dislike those questions. Rosebud, batman, the-avengers, box-office, twister-1989, the-simpsons, subtitles, etc... There are SO MANY better examples. Apr 17, 2015 at 13:46
  • Yet, what is "better"? I've never seen The Avengers, nor Batman, I hate The Simpsons and Twister. I don't care about box office stuff. And what the hell's rosebud? I get what you're saying, but you're refuting it with your supposedly "better" examples really.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Apr 17, 2015 at 13:49

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The tags shown in that example when creating a question are chosen from a pool of eligible tags.

There are three examples, it's not recommending that you use multiple, it's requiring that you use at least one. It has been mentioned before by some people that these should be delimited with a comma but I believe it is behaving as designed.

  • Still seems unnecessarily confusing. While this probably wouldn't drive anyone away by itself, a lot of new people also confuse us with a discussion forum. It seems like our examples should be a little more concise. Especially if there are only three. I love movies and don't remember Thriller. Eschew obfuscation and all that. Apr 17, 2015 at 13:58
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    Fortunately, new users are greeted by the "Take a Tour" banner - while we can't force people to read, we always have the ability to close stuff that ignores the site rules. I'm not saying it's perfect, that's partially why we're working on simplifying the way we use tags
    – user5603
    Apr 17, 2015 at 14:01
  • Didn't know we had a new banner, sorry. I'm not here as much as I'd like to be anymore, but I love this place, and may get no takers. Way of the road. Still, I stand by my opinion that's it not a good example. (Fighting the urge to Google the example so I'm still pure in this topic... Must... Fight... Satan...) Apr 17, 2015 at 14:04

I think the point is to give examples of 3 different types of tags -- in this case: genre (thriller), movie name (The Dark Knight Rises), and movie element (character) -- so that the first-time questioner realizes there are several different types of tags that might apply to his/her question.

  • That sounds nice and like a good idea. But I still think they're entirely random. I doubt the algorithm knows about any semantic characterizations. Where would this information even come from, there are no tag categories? (I just got interstellar, production, the-dark-knight-rises. But it sure seems to love the-dark-knight-rises, most probably based on question count.)
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Apr 22, 2015 at 17:17

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