Suggestion - add a ‘history’ tag please
Call the tag “retrospective”. That’s what all mjn’s four articles are, and it’s indeed a useful category to be able to narrow by - I tend to really enjoy and remember retrospectives, and then have trouble finding them again later.
“History” has various ambiguities that I suspect would lead people to use it in confusing ways that reduce its utility.
There’s “how old is history”, and there’s the fact that Lobsters has been around long enough that every post becomes history after it drops off “Home” and “Recent”.
And there’s the kind-of separate question of whether this tag should be for notable but old items, meaning anything where you’d put a year of publication in the title field. I feel that it shouldn’t, because, again, everything becomes history eventually (whatever threshold you believe in :)), so even though that’s a meaningful distinction when a post was just made, it has no value in later searches.
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That is a fair perspective - the implication of deep analysis is what I was going for. I pretty much think the tag is too loosely defined without that. But you’re welcome to disagree.
I’d humbly suggest anything older than, say, 3-5 years may well be considered history for tech here.
Worst case, we have a mechanism in place for suggesting other tags.
Would this apply to history in general or only tech history?
Presumably tech history–we’ve got wikipedia and HN for other stuff.
Perhaps just ‘historical’?
How old is history?
I’d personally use it for articles whose subject is history, i.e. tracing or analyzing the history of some subject or thing, rather than for old articles.
I’d also like this. I’ve submitted a reasonable number of things I would tag “history” or “tech history”, and I’d find it useful as a category to find other such articles. Examples: 1, 2, 3, 4.