About tags: brown_hair, light_brown_hair, dark_brown_hair

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Light_brown_hair is for hair in an ambiguous zone that is brown but too light to be under the same tag as brown_hair but not blonde enough to really be blonde_hair, either. There's no point mixing the tags together since light_brown_hair exists because it's not what someone is likely to be looking for when searching for brown_hair. The visual difference should speak for itself, really.

Also, there shouldn't be a need for an umbrella tag just because they both have brown in their names. It's just as related to blonde as it is brown. That's the nature of colors.

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  • Hillside_Moose said:
    Why do we have a light_brown_hair tag anyway? We've been using basic colors because specific colors get more confusing and ambiguous the more fine-grain you get.


    Also from the wiki:

    Also known as blonde hair in most cases. Basically it's brown hair that is ligher than usual. However, figure out if it should be blonde hair or brown hair instead of using this tag.

    Sounds and looks pretty useless to me.

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  • I would support retention of the light brown hair tag, I do feel there is a middle ground between what one would label blonde and brown, and this tag is intended to cover it. It's also not like this tag is new either, it has been around for over 3 years so it isn't like this is a new thing either.

    As for tagging light brown both blonde_hair and brown_hair, I feel that is actually a bad idea, as most would expect brown_hair to be a darker color and using blonde on it is just creating a lot of unnecessary noise for the brown_hair or blonde_hair tags. As for overlap, the light brown works well because it provides a barrier between blonde and brown (so one does not tag images both blonde and brown for the same hair color, but goes through blonde and light brown or light brown and brown), as well as helping to differentiate light browns from dark brown hair colors or in the case of blondes helping to differentiate darker light browns from very light browns and yellowish hair coloring.


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  • Colors that are ambiguous have been tagged with all possible tags since forever. With ambiguous colors, which can be quite subjective if you have no color picker at hand, it's always better to tag more than needed than to omit a tag people may be searching for. On the other hand, even many contributors cannot distinguish between brown hair and black hair.
    I think we're talking about different sorts of light brown hair here, so here some examples, most of them currently tagged light brown hair and what I would normally tag them:

    post #996631 brown_hair
    post #300841 blonde_hair (platinum blonde, I think)
    post #614351 brown_hair, not even light
    post #628819 pink_hair + maybe blonde_hair
    post #596338 red_hair
    post #449088 blonde_hair
    post #29067 blonde_hair
    post #951591 orange_hair
    post #900137 orange_hair brown_hair maybe even blonde_hair
    post #263895 brown_hair grey_hair silver_hair
    post #948820 brown_hair silver_hair maybe white_hair

    And I just noticed post #540464 and its tag history. Tagged
    brown_hair by Monki,
    blonde_hair by me,
    orange_hair by Cyberia-Mix


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