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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 ,

(The above questions have all been retagged as .)

(The first four questions in the above list are retagged as , and the fifth question has been deleted.)


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?

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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.

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  • Sure, I have edited – Chris Sunami supports Monica Apr 30 '19 at 17:15
  • 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. – user3955 Apr 30 '19 at 17:34
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    Yes, I think that makes sense. – Chris Sunami supports Monica Apr 30 '19 at 17:36
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It turned out that this question had two separate issues under discussion: (1) how to use the (unknown-composer) tag correctly, and (2) whether we need an (identify-this-composer) tag.

Based on the previous answers, most of the example questions cited in the OP have been retagged, based on the following understanding (taken from @Bebs' answer):

Using (unknown-composer) to identify a song is most of the time mis-tagging since like (unknown-performer), 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.

(emphasis mine)

This completely answers (1), so I'll go ahead and mark this question as answered.

A more focussed question regarding the creation of an (identify-this-composer) tag can be asked separately if anyone is interested.

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    I agree with your suggestion for using the unknown-composer tag, and I think that identify-this-composer is also needed. – PiedPiper Dec 28 '19 at 20:47
  • @PiedPiper thank you for responding! I commented this under Chris Sunami’s answer as well: do you also think that it makes sense to rename (identify-this-artist) to (identify-this-performer), assuming the composer tag gets created? – user3955 Dec 28 '19 at 21:02
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    Yes, I agree (identify-this-performer) makes more sense – PiedPiper Dec 29 '19 at 21:19
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  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.

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