I'm being a little self-indulgent with a slightly punny title for a tag cleanup request, because SE tradition!
writing is supposed to be for questions "specifically related to written English", as opposed to spoken. That's actually not all that common a subject, probably since most of the interesting stuff to learn is already taught by the time someone can type out a question, or is specific to writing by hand (and thus rather dubious to ask on a computer). But unfortunately the tag is also a honeypot for questions about composition, i.e., "writing things". This is of course dead wrong, and in fact those questions are almost always outright off-topic, because the proper way to structure an essay or business letter is entirely out of our site scope.
What should we do about this?
- Add to the
wiki excerptusage guidance, which users on SE seldom read and users on ELL almost never do?
- Rename the tag? This would be my preference; I'd suggest written-english.
- Attempt to use the tag as a filter to catch bad questions? Probably a bad idea, since there are perfectly legitimate questions asked in it, and deliberately allowing honeypot tags is a dubious practice anyway.
- Throw up our hands and ignore the problem, as is the case for a distressingly large number of tags anyway?
- Something else?