I can see there is an animals tag already, but I have seen someone asking about animal-husbandry and I was also thinking about having livestock.

Animals sounds a bit generic and doesn't provide enough detail into what the question is about, which I think may leading to having extra tags.

Before I go creating extra tags on my own questions, what do others think?

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Off-hand thoughts on the subject, from a general network perspective. Consider what portion of the subject matter is relevant to the class of item you're tagging. So in this case, what about animals are we asking about? The best way to approach tagging is to approach it based on what the site content actually contains, rather than what it could contain.

From what I've seen so far, the majority of animal related questions are all about conditions and environments for raising animals (primarily for eventual dining). So in the big picture, the general category is about "raising animals".

It could be that really, this is the only (or only distinguishable and common) thing we will ask about animals. In which case, something as simple as can serve the general need - being more specific about it is unnecessary. Both the site topic and the presence of a good tag wiki will clarify that one would expect questions about sustainable means of raising animals, an act that itself is geared towards self-sustenance. It may seem generic but it is clear and demonstrative of its purpose.

If it is not the only class of questions we will have on animals, then a more specific tag would be necessary. Of the above case, there's probably a better term than "raising animals", that would be the general tag for that. Then, the other classes of questions would have their own relevant tag. There doesn't need to be a hierarchical "supertag" that would cover everything as a whole.

Note that either way, this doesn't affect some other narrow tags like , which are happy to coexist with whatever we do because, while there is intersection, there are other components to these other tags.


Now, however, there are tags and . To disagree with @Grace's conclusion - it seems that most uses of animals is in the livestock sense. I think that animals is too generic to be useful, because it would include pests, predators, and pets. Perhaps you can keep something like an ecosystem tag, remove the animals tag, add livestock and disallow species tags.

It seems to me that if you are getting too many breed-specific questions, that those will probably have to migrate to something like the proposed Agriculture SE.

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    Pests, predators, pets, and livestock are a great conceptual way to divide animals up! Consider also exotic animals (maybe too close to pets?), hunting or biodiversity for additional animal subjects.
    – Alex
    Sep 17, 2014 at 21:16

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