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This tag should be used for timelines for an author, such as the amount of time between publishing different parts of a blog series, or for questions about timelines in written works, such as problems with aligning different timelines because of different PoV's or time-travelling.

All 11 questions use the second meaning. Maybe get rid of the first?

Is there sufficient difference between and to justify having both, instead of merging [timelines] into [time-depiction]?


I've edited wiki to include only the second meaning. We can discuss merging or not merging it into .

For the first meaning, we can create , even copy-paste the stuff from [timelines]'s wiki editing history into the new tag's wiki (rather than writing the wiki from scratch). 26 questions currently have the word 'schedule' in the body of the question (I haven't gone over the search results to see their actual relevance). We also have , we should discuss how those two do/do not overlap. None of the "schedule" questions had a [timelines] tag, proving that its intuitive use is for story timelines.

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    The first one sounds more like scheduling to me. Commented Mar 15, 2019 at 19:24
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    To me, when I see the word timeline on WSE, my mind goes to the story timeline. I recommend providing a new tag for the former meaning you mentioned. We could consider schedule, deadline, progress, or even timetable £.
    – iamtowrite
    Commented Mar 16, 2019 at 2:28
  • Certainly the second half of that def should be under time-depiction. The first half is reasonable but might be confusing even with better wiki.
    – Cyn
    Commented Mar 16, 2019 at 6:19

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I think it is also ignoring a third potential meaning:

  1. Time Scheduling
  2. Time Depiction/Event Progression
  3. Parallel Timelines in the sense of stories involving split timelines like Steins;Gate, Travelers, and 11/22/63. (As opposed to stories about Other Worlds, Parallel Dimensions, etc.)

I think we should try to separate the three potential interpretations as much as possible simply so that there is no misunderstanding of the tag's intended meaning. Right now, it's not used much at all, but any potential confusion should probably be avoided as early as possible.

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