How is writing unlike writing-style?
writing-style 18 followers, 732 questions
Questions related to the use of proper writing style in English
The style of a sentence, phrase, or construction, is its general expression of meaning as a whole, apart from the actual categorical meaning of the constituent words.
Use this tag for questions asking about the style of a particular sentence, phrase, or construction.
writing 22 followers, 387 questions
This tag is for questions specifically related to written English.
Examples of questions using this tag
- If an insertion in parentheses ends with a smiley, how do I distinguish between the two?
- Should you always use the accent in foreign words like “résumé”?
(Cont’d) … [Order changed for effect.]
Ah, I thought, writing-style refers to the thoughtful authoring, composing, preparing and rendering of ideas, information, knowledge, etc., into prose words (or, perhaps, verse) intended for non-vocal delivery and/or presentation, while writing refers to the physical/visual representation of text. But the list goes on:
and so I wondered, why isn’t capitalization the most appropriate tag for a question about capitalization? Why isn’t date the most appropriate tag for a question about dates? And why aren’t writing-style and/or dialects the most appropriate tags for a question about which variant of English to use?
And finally, if we need tag(s) for the physical/visual representation of text, what’s wrong with typography (8 followers, 132 questions), orthography (26 followers, 1.1k questions) and symbols (4 followers, 97 questions)?
A quick scan of recent questions tagged [writing] reveals questions about
- document (e.g., bibliography) formatting (which should probably be covered by style-manuals, although that has no tag wiki / usage guidance yet),
- formality (e.g., use of pronouns in papers for publication) (which should probably be covered by formality and/or style-manuals),
- politeness (e.g., salutations in letters and emails) (politeness),
- indentation (typography),
- word choice (an issue for spoken English as well as written, covered by word-choice),
- use of “a” vs. “an” before symbols (which is an issue for spoken English as well as written, and probably covered by symbols),
- punctuation (which is also a tag: 44 followers, 1.9k questions),
etc. It’s a tag about everything, so it’s a tag about nothing. (By the way, of the 387 questions tagged [writing], 52 are also tagged [writing-style].
So, should the writing tag be deleted? Or should it be defined to something useful? (I guess questions currently bearing that tag would need to be revisited/re-evaluated either way.)