The majority of questions with the tag ask which denominations believe or practice X. There are some however which consider denominations as a category. Here are a couple of examples:

I propose that we switch to using a tag. That would more accurately describe what these questions are. The few that are not could be tagged (I prefer the -s although that doesn't really matter, but if a mod was feeling generous they could set up a synonym after all of this is finished).

As there are so many, I think it would be best if a mod could merge into without making a synonym. If this is done then we can manually retag the small number which are not survey questions.

  • So in this scheme, where would your four examples end up? And where would the "which denominations believe X" questions go? Commented May 26, 2018 at 15:51
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    @Nathaniel the which denominations believe X would be denomination-survey, and the four examples would be denominations
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented May 26, 2018 at 16:09
  • @Nathaniel Any thoughts on this now?
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 2:36
  • One other way that this tag is used is for questions about specific but relatively minor denominations, like christianity.stackexchange.com/q/52353/21576 or christianity.stackexchange.com/q/46524/21576. Do you envision those keeping the denomination tag until such time as those denominations get their own tags? Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 20:01
  • @Nathaniel no, I don't think that's a useful tagging
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 23:18
  • Does this tag suggest that the OP is seeking a single answer that surveys the beliefs of all denominations associated with the assertion, or does it seek a series of answers, at worst one for each applicable denomination? (I am rarely satisfied by single-answer solutions as the respondent is rarely conversant in the theology of all associated denominations, resulting in two-dimensional and even minimalist summaries of those denominations the respondent has not mastered.)
    – JBH
    Commented Jun 10, 2020 at 6:22
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    @JBH I think in practice either have been okay, everyone can answer with as many denominations as they know of that meet the criteria.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented Jun 10, 2020 at 6:34

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I'm in favor of change like this. Let me attempt a concrete usage suggestion:

Note that there are numerous other questions in that do not fit into any of these categories. Two categories jump out at me:

I'd remove from such questions, and not replace it.

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    As I wrote this, I realized that perhaps comparative-christianity could be used on all our overviews of doctrine questions, but let's handle that separately from this discussion. Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 23:51

I think you're right about the tag being a poor descriptor of what's truly being asked. But I'd lean towards considering as a meta-tag, (i.e. it describes what the question is, not what is being asked about)

I prefer when I'm asking those kinds of questions since that seems more like a genuine field of study.

I think we should do the opposite of what you're asking then, use the for these questions where the subject actually is denominations. And re-tag most of the with .

  • Well, better IMO to have a tag that accurate describes what it's being used for than one which doesn't just because it's a meta tag. Comparative-christianity doesn't really seem that similar, because these questions aren't asking for you to compare between the denominations.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented May 27, 2018 at 0:26
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    I initially didn't even think of this as a meta tag, but I see where you are coming from. Still, I think this is more of a "meta-ish" tag like biblical-basis, for example, as opposed to a straight meta tag like homework or overview. "Denomination-survey" does identify the type of question, but it seems to me that it also provides a bit of information about the subject of the question. Commented May 27, 2018 at 13:42
  • This is a great example question for the comparative-christianity tag: What are the main differences between the Catholic Popes and the Mormon Prophets? It's nothing like these denomination survey questions. I don't see why it would be better to move them to the comparative tag.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented May 29, 2018 at 15:39
  • Though thank you for pointing out that many denomination survey questions are already misusing (IMO, though also according to the tag description) the comparative-christianity tag.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Commented May 29, 2018 at 15:40

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