Slightly related to Why are there no tags for famous franchises?:

What will we do to distinguish between the tags for a movie and the corresponding franchise/series of movies?

Examples: , , ,...

Countless examples could be added, because most franchises have a movie with the same name (usually the first).

It might be helpful to tag movies belonging to a franchise with the corresponding name, to make it easier to find related questions. for example would also include Thor questions, Iron Man questions etc.

But if I only want questions related to the first Batman movie, it would be nice to have the tags separated.

Should we come up with a naming convention for these cases? If so, which?

Maybe a simple [-series] or [-franchise] addition would suffice. What do you guys think?

This problem might not be a pressing matter right now, but the issue will raise sooner or later and it might be good to have a convention in place to prevent inconsistent tagging from the start.

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Breakdown of terms:

Franchise: the right or license granted by a company to an individual or group to market its products or services in a specific territory.

Series: a group or a number of related or similar things, events, etc., arranged or occurring in temporal, spatial, or other order or succession; sequence.


Radio and Television:

  • a daily or weekly program with the same cast and format and a continuing story, as a soap opera, situation comedy, or drama.
  • a number of related programs having the same theme, cast, or format: a series of four programs on African wildlife.

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From these definitions Franchise seems to be improper when talking about a set of movies/tv shows. However, in order to prevent a clutter, if you will, of tags I think the proper formatting should be as follows:

IF your question is:

  • About a plot element across the whole series (movie 1, 2, & 3, or season 1, 2, & 3) use a general tag:


IF your question is

  • About a scene or plot element in a title, part of a series, that pertains to that title only use a specific tag:


  • I like your proposal. Only issue: I think the common user will rather tag a question about the first movie [pirates-of-the-carribean], while [pirates-of-the-carribean-1] will go unnoticed.
    – magnattic
    Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 18:34
  • @atticae aye, that might just have to come down to editing.
    – Tablemaker
    Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 18:36
  • That might work while the questions per day rate is as low as now, but in the end the tagging options should be self-explanatory enough so everyone will know how to tag right away. Anyway, I have no better proposal so I'd say lets do it this way.
    – magnattic
    Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 18:44
  • @atticae My only counter is SO which is thousands of time bigger and users still won't know. It's like bad drivers, no matter how much you take care, how many signs are around etc, there will always be that one guy driving on the wrong side of the road with his blinkers on, hitting the brakes every second :)
    – Tablemaker
    Commented Jun 12, 2012 at 18:47

I have been meaning to bring this up actually but have not been able to word it properly.

I do agree we need some sort of standardization with franchises in general.

In particular, however, I disagree with your example because each hero has their own franchise and is a cross-over series involving those heroes. and both have sequels coming up that will be leading into so this example is a bit...special to say the least.

As far as or I could roll with this if we decide if it should be franchise or series and what denotes either.

If anyone has a better way to go about this, or some sort of standardization they would like to see, we're all ears :)

  • Ok, avengers is a special case, but maybe thats a good example for the difference between franchise and series. I would characterize Avengers as the (overall) franchise and Iron Man as a series within this franchise. (Regarding the avenger franchise see also TMDb)
    – magnattic
    Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 17:05
  • @atticae & TylerShads - I don't have a problem with tagging series or franchises as long as we are consistent. There is an upper limit to the size of a tag though. pirates-of-the-carribean-franchise .... might be a bit long.
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 18:00
  • @iandotkelly 25-chars I believe
    – Tablemaker
    Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 18:00
  • Is tagging with -s or -f an option, or too obscure?
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 18:02
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    @iandotkelly I'd say way too obscure
    – Tablemaker
    Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 18:12
  • I am sure we can find a shortened but understandable name for nearly every individual case. pirates-carribean-series (24 chars) The main question would be: -series, -franchise or both?
    – magnattic
    Commented Apr 30, 2012 at 18:17
  • 1
    the issue with batman-franchise is, what constitutes a franchise? are we saying that batman-franchise will include all batman questions (if so then why not just... batman). Or, are we going to distinguish between the Nolan movies and the previous movies?
    – DForck42
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 15:53
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    And then you start throwing in the animated series and animated movies and....
    – DForck42
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 15:57
  • @DForck42 I said new answer :P
    – Tablemaker
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 15:58
  • @tylershads yeah yeah
    – DForck42
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 16:01

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