This has bugged me for a while, but I don't have the privilege to edit tags. There's a tag called . I would argue that there shouldn't be.

"Fingerstyle" is a familiar term for guitarists, a technique and by extension a genre: plucking with the fingers of the right hand instead of using a pick. There is a tag here with 144 uses, and . (I'm not sure whether the latter is also a bit of a dubious usage, since I feel like using pick on bass is less common than fingers?)

Anyway, "fingerstyle" just isn't in the common vocabulary of violin-family instruments. We don't normally use a pick, and using the fingers directly on the strings is usually referred to as pizzicato or simply "plucking" for a more vernacular option. (Side note: There is a tag; its 17 questions are all about bowed-string instruments. There's also , though it has no usage guidance and contains one violin question and two for guitar and one for bass. Perhaps "plucking" should become a synonym of pizzicato? Maybe vice versa?)

Anyway back to "fingerstyle-violin": all the questions currently tagged with it are about left-hand fingering choices, and the usage guidance actually says "Use this tag when you have questions about fingering on the violin." And yes, there's a tag. I would imagine the best action would be to tag all the "fingerstyle-violin" questions with the combo "fingering" and "violin" and then delete the tag.

  • @ElementsinSpace this is not a burn request. Burn requests prevent the tag from ever being made again and are a much bigger process.
    – Dom Mod
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 15:36
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    @Dom Hm... should it be? I'm sure it would be easy enough to keep an eye out and re-migrate if it were to be created again. Maybe burn requests are to fight abuse? Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 15:50
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    Burning is a bigger process that we're still waiting on for some tags (I realized one needed one was missing the explicit tag request). See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/239190/when-to-burninate/… for a general rule of thumb. As I see it, this is a minimally used tag unlikely to come up again if removed so the full burn may be overkill.
    – Dom Mod
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 15:57
  • Also this meta post: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/242624/…
    – Dom Mod
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 15:58
  • @Dom Oh, okay. Well, now I'm more confused. Those posts suggests that burninating and blocking are different. This question should at least have [retagging], right? Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 18:52
  • @ElementsinSpace retagging is fine. I'd like to carve out when each tag should be used as every [rettaging] question will have [tag] when it should be used should be fleshed out. The [burninate-request] will be put into a staff queue so we got to be careful with it.
    – Dom Mod
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 18:59
  • I agree that it's actually a non-term where violin is concerned. A pointless tag. Just get shut of it. Other terms are available, and far more apposite.
    – Tim
    Commented Nov 13, 2023 at 15:31

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This proposal has clear support and there's really not a high volume of questions so over the next few days we should edit out and replaced with .

For the question of the tag we should ask a new question as it's a little less clear on the path of that.

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