I don't much like the tag. For one thing, it's too long. I would like to change it to . But that could be confusing since a naive user might wonder why all questions aren't tagged that way as it's the name of the site.

Another suggestion is which has an elegance to it, but might not be immediately obvious to someone groping for the proper tag for a question that's not .

Looking at the questions is there a tag (or tags) that would be a better label?

  • Before we can really determine whether this is possible, we need to consider whether to remove the blacklist on "hermeneutics". I've created a new post here in order to address this.
    – Richard
    Nov 4, 2011 at 16:08
  • See my answer to the other question for why I think it doesn't need to be renamed 'hermenutics'. I suppose some other rename might work, but I think the specificity is important and that 'approaches' or 'hermenetics' are too broad to refer to what the tag should be attached too.
    – Caleb
    Nov 7, 2011 at 13:51

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We can't make it because of the site-wide block on that tag. (I've already tried.)

We can look into getting this removed, since this site isn't exclusively about hermeneutics. However, it will take a bit of effort from the SE people. And they are a tough crowd to convince. Many (some?) of them are blatantly opposed to any tags of this sort.

  • Would it be easier to change the name of the site? ;-) Nov 4, 2011 at 15:49
  • As the creator of that tag, I would like to mention that the blacklist was not the "reason" for the appendage, it was because I actually wanted the tag to be for questions about the different hermeneutical approaches out there.
    – Caleb
    Nov 7, 2011 at 12:54
  • @Caleb That's very enlightening. So, is there anything that "hermeneutics" would cover that "hermeneutical-approaches" wouldn't cover?
    – Richard
    Nov 7, 2011 at 13:13
  • @Richard: Yes: all the questions that require the use of hermeneutics to answer them but are more about the product than the tool ... exactly the kind of things that don't need a meta tag.
    – Caleb
    Nov 7, 2011 at 13:34
  • @Caleb Wouldn't the use of hermeneutics result in exegesis? (I may still be fuzzy on the terminology here.)
    – Richard
    Nov 7, 2011 at 13:36
  • @Richard: Yes it would. Which is why we don't need it as a tag; it's overly broad.
    – Caleb
    Nov 7, 2011 at 13:44
  • Oh, I see! Tagging with "hermeneutics" because someone wants the application of hermeneutics. Yeah, great point!
    – Richard
    Nov 7, 2011 at 13:46

Great suggestion; I don't see any questions tagged as that wouldn't be fine tagged .

The site's name is a bit of a problem for me as well; most of the questions on this site don't even fit the named topic. But I'd be happy with making the tag simply

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