I believe song-specific tags would simply be too granular. Tags are designed to help categorize content into broader swaths, and I cannot imagine a site about music appreciation needing a Stairway to Heaven "department" to help categorize that content. Tags categories are generally broader than that.
I believe we should have a tag for the most known name of the artist.
Like, John Francis Anthony Pastorius III was famously known as Jaco Pastorius.
That is why I created a tag jaco-pastorius and not john-francis-anthony-pastorius-iii.
We could created synonyms for the artists' other names, but I don't see much point in creating a tag for every pseudonym ...
The tag was defined by one user. The tag definition is not set in stone and especially this early in the site we can change it as we need to.
Personally, I think if we're talking about the difference between two genres or sub-genres the genre tag works fine as we're just talking about defining genres in depth. We still are referring to the "concepts" of ...
Since it was my edit that prompted this, let me explain why I kept the Jazz tag in.
Tags are used to filter questions into smaller segments, so that experts or knowledgeable people of a particular tag might find those questions easier. These people are the target market of that tag. That's why tags exist; they are keywords just like you might use in a ...
I'd say that they are not synonyms, but closely germane.
A question like
What does define Pink Floyd's sound as 'experimental'?
would be tagged with sound.
Whereas a question like:
Why is the sound quality of a track reduced when it is compressed into a .mp3?
could be tagged with sound, but sound-quality fits better here
The long and short of it is that we wanted to keep things as tidy as possible, but this stack doesn't get nearly as many questions as we had hoped. As such, we don't really adhere to the suggestions as strictly as we wanted to. Re-tagging is fine, as long as the re-tags make sense and aren't "forced" re-tags.
I cannot see any reason why such a question would be off topic. However, identification questions can be hit or miss. Even on sites such as Science Fiction and Fantasy that have a much larger user base, they can languish unanswered for years.
Up to this point, the main user base for the site seems to be American/European. Unless you manage to wage a ...
Tool should only be used to talk about the band Tool. Using tools as a tag to talk about gear, software, items, ect makes no sense as grouping unrelated items together just because the can be classified as a "tool". The resulting group of questions will just be an odd bunch of questions that aren't really related.
Your right, there is no proper tag for identifying instrumental work, until now it was implied to be merged with identify-this-song.
Maybe we can create a tag synonym with identify-this-track that will be more accurate for all kind of instrumental songs, classical pieces etc.
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,...
I would argue for using genre for any discussion of definitional characteristics, whether to distinguish between two or to characterize one.
I'm don't find the current tag excerpt particularly clear, but genre definition can be divisive. Some people love it, some hate it. Using the tag serves both.
In short, I would agree with using genre for all four of ...
When I used it in a question, it was about the record label(Maverick Records). I believed this was the way the tag should be used. However, I missed the fact that there was also a record-label tag! After that, I believe there is no use for the recording tag and you're right to nuke it.
I am substantially in agreement with Johnny Bones. Many listeners are focused on one or a few kinds of music, and applying specific-genre-tags to questions help those listeners find them. An analogy might be with programming languages on StackOverflow -- I don't know anything about C#, but having 'python' as one of my favorite tags clues me in to discussions ...
In my opinion, instrument-identification should be dropped in favor of identify-this-instrument and the tags for existing questions switched over.
Even if we don't drop instrument-identification, we should still switch over the tags to match the standard form.
There are currently:
3 questions tagged with both instrument-identification and identify-this-instrument (1 unanswered),
12 questions tagged solely with identify-this-instrument (2 unanswered),
19 questions tagged solely with instrument-identification (5 unanswered).
I think these stats indicate that both tags are almost equally popular. Since we have a ...
I think the topic needs to be discussed, but I don't think this is the right solution. The term digital audio refers to almost every form of music we have now a days. For example, cds are digital media with a physical copy so getting rid of the mp3 tag and not also getting rid of the cd tag weakens the association with the real term.
Digital alone is also ...
I was asking myself the same question when I submitted a tag info about unknown-performer. I agree identifying tags should have a common syntax, identify-this-artist(that already exists) is better as it suits for singers, musicians, composers, DJs, etc...
unknown-performer may be used for questions about actually unknown performer (or unknown composers) ...
This is entirely on topic here, under current guidelines. We have a very low active user base, which can make it more difficult to get answers. On the other hand, however, we have quite a lot of casual traffic.
In addition, if there's no other good resource for this, it's quite possible this could eventually become the "go to" site for such questions, ...
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):
Thanks for bringing this up! I'm surprised that this discussion hasn't already been had.
I'll start by noting that the situation today is far better than it was a year ago: nearly half of the questions tagged [song-title] were also tagged [identify-this-song] until the conflicted tagging was cleaned up; see my earlier Meta question:
"Please don't ...
Thanks for proactively trying to solve a frustrating situation—and coming to Meta to discuss solutions for it!
My opinion here is that hemisphere-wise, continent-wise, region-wise and country-wise breakdowns of tags are (mostly) too broad to be useful, if used for the purpose of music categorization.
A lot of music is global in nature. Genre tags work far ...