As I was writing up the Topic Challenge for this week, I noticed that we currently have these tags relating to burials and cemeteries:
- burial has 9 questions and no usage guidance
- burial-records has 3 questions and this description "For questions about finding or interpreting records of burials."
- cemeteries has 10 questions and no usage guidance
- grave-marker has 10 questions and is for "Artifacts or symbols that denote the burial of someone."
I think all of these tags could be useful, but at the moment, the questions attached to each of these tags aren't necessarily questions that belong together.
Here are my initial thoughts on what kind of tagging might be most useful, assuming we want to keep all three of these tags.
Proposal one: reserve cemeteries for questions that pertain to entire cemeteries:
Proposal two: reserve burial-records for questions about how to interpret parish records of burials and the records about individuals created by cemeteries and undertakers
The tag grave-marker is straightforward enough and is useful for questions that discuss the actual stones or other markers.
Other questions that don't fall under these three tags, including finding records of burials, could be tagged with the more generic burial. (We also have the tag locating-records which could apply to those questions.)
At the moment, the tagging of questions is nothing like the proposal I've outlined above.
We have problems like this question:
It makes more sense to me to have a preservation on this question along with grave-marker, and to make headstone a synonym of grave-marker. And I see from the suggestions given by the site that we already have a prior question on that topic from 2013:
I would like to see the tags bring together the questions which are functionally the same -- with cemeteries noting the questions pertaining to research about cemeteries, burial for individual burials, grave-marker about the stones, and so on.
Please look over the questions we have, and post your suggestions below.