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[NSFW gore] Change mutual exclusivity of "headless" with "decapitation" and "severed head"

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Poll results: Which cases should be tagged decapitation?

Gorey separation
28.26% (13 votes)
Permanent damage to body, but head okay
21.74% (10 votes)
Permanent damage to head, but body okay
21.74% (10 votes)
Injury but healable
19.57% (9 votes)
My name Jeff
6.52% (3 votes)
Other (please post)
2.17% (1 vote)
None of the above
0% (0 votes)

Poll ended with 46 total votes.

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Put simply, I think that zombies and similar cases (some kind of actual injury on the neck, even if akin to stubbing your toe in how it affects them) need all three tags.

The sorts of images that I propose should have overlap are as follows, categorized:
Injury, but [likely] healable

Alive as just a head, body dead

The inverse

Goriness of the separation

Zombies (same idea, but slightly different reasons behind it existing)
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Something else to consider that there isn’t much representation of in your examples are Dullahans and other, modular/magical/non-gory heads not screwed on right. As such, tags like "detachable head" and "detached head" do exist (and probably should be aliased with each other) and the question really is, are these the tags to keep mutually exclusive? I would say that "severed head" and "detached head" definitely should…but "decapitation" is debatable. After all, it is possible to see a dullahan with the head put on, in which case it would not be "detached," but when they take the head off – what tag do we use for that?

Some dullahans:

(one gory-ish dullahan, just to be contrary)
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That is interesting, essentially suggesting we move decapitation from its multi-purpose role into being more for heads being taken off; main worry is it might mess too much with ability to filter (severed head is a relatively recent tag, formerly aliased into decapitation).
I do think "detached head" and "severed head" should be mutually exclusive instead of the current thing, that’d make more sense.
I’ve gotten a suggestion from Crow as well that "headless" should refer to any case of a body without a head, including decapitated bodies, and so "detachable head" could cover for it’s previous exclusion to modular.

The big problem here is that altogether, these changes might effectively render old filters obsolete and thus lead to a lot of problems. I think that changes should at the very least be a trickle and individually small so that they don’t cause too many problems, if not having a hard limit on where things can end up.
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While I do think this opens an interesting avenue of discussion, I advocate a slightly different approach to redefining "decapitation," in that it should apply when the head removal is gory, regardless of the sustained life of either the head or body. The alternative tag to use, then, would be "detatched head," applicable to the second and third examples I provided, and the tag descriptions should be updated to reflect this distinction. "Detachable head" is a bit of a quandary, but as you’ll note, the first image bears no such tag, merely "dullahan." I agree with Crow’s take on the use of the "headless" tag.
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I might not be remembering correctly, but I believe "decapitation" would involve the act itself of the head becoming separated from the body. Like a head being actively chopped or pulled off.

"Severed head" seems appropriate for, like, the head has been cut off. Post-decapitation. Head sitting there, etc. Doesn’t need to be gorey. Just, ’this was a head that was removed from the body it’s supposed to be attached to.’

And "Detachable head" could be for like the Dullahan example. The head isn’t "normally" attached. It’s just existing as a separate thing from the body naturally.
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I do remember it once being the case that "decapitation" and "decapitated" were different tags, but at some point a ton of things got aliased into "decapitation" to make it a huge catch-all. I had suspected that people liked it this way because of ease of filtering, but at this point there seems to be a consensus the aliasing is incorrect.

As well, seems pretty clear now that "detachable head" should be the main tag covering modular scenarios. I might make a final thread to go over the addition of that alongside fixing "decapitation". At any rate, what’s really at issue here is "severed head" vs "headless", with "decapitation" as this unfortunate tag-along that nobody invited.
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I’m going to separated "decapitated" from "decapitation".
In good news, "detachable head" turns out to be an existing tag, so I made it imply modular.
I won’t be messing with "headless" right now, although I will be trying to find a tag that covers living heads.
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