We currently do not have a tag called , but I feel there is a decent case for adding it.

Currently, the tag seems to be used for the purpose of identifying a composer: out of the 10 questions tagged ,

It seems incorrect to me to add the tag (unknown-composer) to a question tagged (identify-this-song), because if the composer is unknown, then asking to identify the song implicitly asks to identify the composer as well. If anything, such questions should be tagged (identify-this-composer) instead of (unknown-composer), or should only have the (identify-this-song) tag.

So, I feel that 9 out of the 10 questions tagged (unknown-composer) should really be tagged (identify-this-composer). Shall we create such a tag?

  1. There is no need of "identify-this-composer" tag since we already have . By artist, it could mean singer, musician, dancer, back-up extra, composer, etc. We shouldn't have too much of this tags or it would be too granular.

  2. Using to identify a song is most of the time mis-tagging since like , the tag should be used for a question about an actually unknown composer, or performer (unknown by the world, like in very old recordings, traditional songs, anonymous) not for the questions where the composer is unknown by OP.

  • This is a clear answer, thank you. :) – Brahadeesh Apr 4 at 13:06
  • Apropos point (1), is it too granular to have both (unknown-performer) as well as (unknown-composer)? Should they be merged into a single tag called (unknown-artist), perhaps? – Brahadeesh Apr 4 at 18:57
  • I edited my question on the tag (unknown-performer) in light of this answer, would appreciate it if you could take a look when you're free: musicfans.meta.stackexchange.com/q/488/3955 – Brahadeesh Apr 5 at 6:10
  • I'll unaccept this answer for now since we're getting more feedback and a clear consensus is not yet there. I hope that's alright? I'm also hoping that more users will be encouraged to chime in if there isn't an accepted answer, now that there are at least two opinions. – Brahadeesh May 1 at 6:50

I agree with Bebs that unknown-performer and unknown-composer are being misused. However, I think Brahadeesh is correct that the unknown-composer questions should be re-tagged as identify-this-composer.

I think Bebs may be referencing his answer largely to the contemporary world of music, which is performer-focused, where many people sing their own songs, and where it's relatively rare to be able to identify the performer, but not the songwriter. However, in the world of classical music, which is composer-focused, it's quite possible to know the performer but not the composer, or vice versa, and they are almost never the same person.

On a more personal note, I'm not opposed to granular tags, if they are useful.

  • Thank you for responding! I had accepted Bebs' answer since I was convinced by the reasoning that 'artist' refers to many roles. Can you expand your answer on why you feel that it would be advantageous to separate composers from artists in our tag system? – Brahadeesh Apr 30 at 17:11
  • Sure, I have edited – Chris Sunami Apr 30 at 17:15
  • The same is true in Indian classical music too (mentioning this since that is my "area of expertise", so to speak), so I think my only disagreement with this answer is that I prefer non-granular tags. Maybe my position on this can change in the future, I'm not sure. – Brahadeesh Apr 30 at 17:33
  • It just occurred to me, since you support the creation of an (identify-this-composer) tag, would you feel that changing (identify-this-artist) to (identify-this-performer) makes more sense, assuming the composer tag gets created? This is a kind of converse to this question. – Brahadeesh Apr 30 at 17:34
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    Yes, I think that makes sense. – Chris Sunami Apr 30 at 17:36

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