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So we've got:

— 29 questions — created Dec 14 '15, first asked Nov 21 '10

Worth a thousand words

Questions about using images in a work. How to find an illustrator, how to work with one, how to illustrate one's own work. Also covers graphic novels, comics, and children's picture books.

— 14 questions — created Apr 11 '18, first asked Jun 14 '13

This tag should be used for questions about the usage of images in writing, such as when writing a report, thesis or user documentation.

This tag should be used for questions about the usage of images in writing, such as when writing a report, thesis or user documentation. You might want to add information about your mode of writing, such as or . This tag can also be used for questions about and that are related to images in writing.

— 3 questions — first asked Feb 13 '16 — no wiki

— 1 question — first asked Jan 28 '19 — no wiki

— 9 questions — created Apr 27 '18, first asked Feb 6 '14

This tag should be used for questions about plotting as a technical term used for the graphical representation of a data set, such as questions about tools or software that can assist you in visualizing the plot of your fictional novel.

This tag should be used for questions about plotting as a technical term used for the graphical representation of a data set, such as questions about or that can assist you in visualizing the of your al .

— 5 questions — created Apr 20 '18, first asked Aug 18 '11

This tag should be used for questions about the usage of diagrams in your writing.

This tag should be used for questions about the usage of diagrams in your writing. For example if you are interested in s or about positioning diagrams in your .

— 2 questions — created Mar 8 '18, first asked Aug 31 '11

This tag should be used for questions about screenshots in a written piece of work, for example in training documentation.

This tag should be used for questions about screenshots in a written piece of work, for example in training documentation. You should mention whether you are focusing for example on or and if you would like information about to make or keep track of the screenshots or for example want to integrate them into your in .


I see two basic divisions here:

  1. Artwork. Illustrations and book cover and things we don't have tags for: art, drawings, photos, logos, etc.
  2. Graphics (technical/data). Images, diagrams, screenshots, plotting.

Both groups can have questions about creating the image, working with someone to create the image, using the image, and so on.

I am open to either merging everything into one tag or keeping it as two main tags (leaning towards the latter). And maybe having 1-2 main tags plus a couple extras if desired. But I frankly think it makes no sense to have things like and when we don't even have tags for art or photography.

Can we do some synonyms, merging, re-tagging, and wiki cleanup?


The outlier is , which I included because it was tagged for a question about a painting (off topic and closed and I removed the tag) and because it does deal with pictures. Though so does , which I didn't include and would keep. I'm fine with , though it needs its other side, , which doesn't exist. Both of which are part of


UPDATE: and have been created with wiki guidance added. All retagging, merging, synonym addition, etc is done. Thank you moderators! See comments under answers for details.

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I whole-heartedly support and .

I am also in favour of merging everything else into them, since that avoids the "noise" that retagging makes.

is an exception: while its usage guide points towards one thing, it's actual usage, in all the questions it's been applied to, has been synonymous to . So that's where the questions should be merged into.

  • Yeah, I know we already discussed [plot] and [plotting] and I agree with you. It's too confusing (even with wiki) to keep [plotting] anyway. – Cyn Feb 23 at 15:46
  • Do we punt [book-cover]? – Cyn Feb 23 at 15:46
  • [book-cover] is [artwork]. It has only three questions, so it doesn't appear that a lot of people need it. – Galastel Feb 23 at 17:10
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    I'm fine with that, but we did discuss it briefly before. Sometimes a tag is important even if it's rarely used. – Cyn Feb 23 at 17:12
  • Fair point. I think I've made that point myself in the past. I donno - does anybody else have an opinion one way or the other? – Galastel Feb 23 at 17:22
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    I suspect that book covers have some special considerations that don't apply to internal illustrations. Let's keep the tag for now, even if all the questions are also tagged [artwork]. If we decide to drop [book-covers] later that's easy to do, but if we decide we wanted it after all, it'd be more work to find those few questions. – Monica Cellio Feb 24 at 3:29
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    I agree with @MonicaCellio that book covers aren't just artwork, and that we should keep book-covers for the time being. It probaby would benefit from a brief description, though. For a contrived example of a book-covers question that wouldn't be covered by artwork, consider choice of paper to use for a book cover for a paperback book. – a CVn Feb 25 at 8:21
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    @aCVn other examples of book-cover questions: text layout around the graphic, placement of testimonials (or not), use of "extras" like shiny gold or embossing. – Monica Cellio Feb 25 at 15:24
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    @MonicaCellio Some of those may be better off on Graphic Design, but I stand by my agreement that the set of book-covers questions differs from the set of artwork questions, even if there is some potential overlap. – a CVn Feb 25 at 15:27
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I created

Drawings, paintings, photographs, and other art meant to illustrate writing. Use this tag for questions about the actual art used in novels, comics, or other written or scripted works, about finding or working with artists, or about incorporating illustrations in your writing. For questions about depictions of data in a graphical form, use [graphics] instead.

And

For questions about depictions of data in a graphical form. Graphs, plots, diagrams, charts, screenshots, and other images used in scientific or technical writing or other nonfiction. For questions about drawings, paintings, photographs, and other art meant to illustrate writing, use [artwork] instead.


I have only put each new tag on one question. Let's discuss which tags to make synonyms, which to merge, and which to keep. Then Monica or another moderator should make changes so we don't flood the homepage with retagging efforts.

  • I have retagged two questions under illustrations that were a better fit for graphics. The rest can be merged into artwork. (Of those two, one was rather borderline - about guitar chords. It is "specific information in coded form" rather than "a pretty picture that's related to what's written" though, so graphics seemed a better fit.) – Galastel Feb 24 at 13:26
  • images has a mix of both. It would have to be done manually. Slowly, so as not to flood the active page. – Galastel Feb 24 at 13:29
  • There's at least one question that would fit under book-cover, it is about book cover, but it has five other tags already (illustarions and publishing included). Not sure what to do about it. – Galastel Feb 24 at 13:30
  • diagrams and screenshots can be safely merged into graphics. I suppose the tag info for [graphics] should also include screenshots. – Galastel Feb 24 at 13:34
  • This sounds great! – wetcircuit Feb 24 at 13:46
  • @Galastel great work thanks. I already have "screenshots" as an example under [graphics]. – Cyn Feb 24 at 17:18
  • @Galastel I agree that the guitar chords question fits better under graphics. The OP even calls it "diagrams." Now, if the OP's book also had pretty pictures of people playing guitars, and the question was about both types of pictures, it could use both tags. – Cyn Feb 24 at 17:34
  • I retagged 3 questions with the tag [images], including the one I added [graphics] to yesterday. How slow is slow enough? There are only 11 left to retag. – Cyn Feb 24 at 17:44
  • I've now retagged everything under images except for one closed and one duplicate question. I don't know how to do that without putting them in the reopen queue. @MonicaCellio or another moderator, can you retag the last two questions and delete images? Everything there belongs in artwork or graphics (or in one case, both). Thanks! – Cyn Feb 25 at 4:04
  • @Cyn Only questions in "on hold" status are automatically nominated for reopen review upon edit. Questions that are "closed" require a reopen vote to be entered into the reopen review queue. – a CVn Feb 25 at 8:23
  • @aCVn Ahhh... Okay, I've done the last two edits. The images tag is now unused. Can we delete it now? (given how confusing it was...one of those questions used it to mean imagery, I'm not sure it deserves to be a synonym). Thanks! – Cyn Feb 25 at 14:58
  • For future reference, it's easier for a moderator to do a merge than to edit every question. We can create the synonyms at the same time. I think we're going to want some of these synonyms (like screenshots) because people will create them again otherwise. – Monica Cellio Feb 25 at 15:27
  • @MonicaCellio Oh Galastel and I saved bunches of that for you. We only retagged where there was ambiguity. [illustrations] is ready for you to merge with [artwork] ( I think it makes sense to keep illustrations as a synonym). Diagrams and screenshots are ready to merge into graphics. [images] was all over the map and is now cleared out and and ready to delete. We haven't yet done [plotting] but it can be deleted after it's retagged manually (not able to be merged because the tag is used for a lot of things). – Cyn Feb 25 at 15:41
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    @Cyn illustrations, diagrams, and screenshots are done (with synonyms). Plotting is done (without a synonym). If I missed something, please let me know. – Monica Cellio Feb 25 at 22:33
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    Looks like images is now deleted. cc @MonicaCellio – a CVn Feb 26 at 8:03

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