I added a new tag.

I was about to retag a few questions every day so I don't bump-flood the landing page, which I dimly remembered to be accepted practice - when it occurred to me to look at what accepted practice actually is. And I learned that I should submit a list of the questions I'd retag for community discussion and subsequent all-at-once retagging.

So, these are the questions I already tagged :

And here are the other candidates I'd retag:

The other hits from my search did not seem to warrant retagging.

So, let's discuss. How about I mass-retag all these in two days, unless vocal opposition arises? (Or perhaps mods have tools to do this?)

Any other questions that could benefit from this retag would also be helpful. For instance, as you see, I only searched for "humanities", not the specific humanities.

EDIT: I looked through our tags and didn't find anything else that looked like it needed retagging . For now, I edited the tag wiki as per @ff524's suggestion. I'll do the retagging when I find the time - hopefully on the weekend, otherwise on Monday morning.

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    I think you might be the first person to try this proposal, so lets see how it goes.
    – StrongBad
    Feb 12, 2015 at 17:33
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    I don't see a problem with this proposal, or the list of questions to be tagged.
    – aeismail
    Feb 12, 2015 at 19:16
  • This looks like a good idea. Feb 13, 2015 at 13:52
  • I like the idea of having this new tag on Academia website. Thank you for proposing it.
    – enthu
    Feb 13, 2015 at 19:35

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I like the tag. I would like to see more representation from the humanities on Academia.SE and a tag is a nice way of showing how welcome this would be.

I have a few comments about its implementation.

About the tag wiki excerpt: The other 'displine' tags typically say,

On standards or conventions specific to X as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

I like this convention, partly because it clarifies what questions are on topic. People say, "I should be able to ask this math question here, because there's a tag" and it's nice to be able to show them that the tag is for questions "On standards or conventions specific to mathematics as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field." not questions on mathematics.

All of that was a long way of saying that maybe the tag wiki excerpt should say

On standards or conventions specific to the humanities, i.e. the academic disciplines that study human culture, and programs that lead to a degree in these fields. Examples include ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, religion, and visual and performing arts such as music and theatre.

I also have some comments about a few of the proposed retags. Not that I think any of them are wrong, but I think a few of them could do without the tag for various reasons. Also, for a few of them, I would suggest making the most of the edit/bump by also fixing some other things (specifics as follows).

  • Lots of good points, thanks - I will do so. Feb 13, 2015 at 6:09

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