I noticed the drush tag for the first time yesterday but can't figure out what it means and there's no description on the tag wiki. The only word I know that's close to that is "drash" but I assume this is a different (related?) word?
Re-stating and extending what I said in the chat msh210 linked to in a comment here:
We have parshanut-torah-comment, whose wiki says "interpretation of the Torah by close reading, not derivation", but whose current de facto meaning, I think, is more like a general "interpretation of Tanach."
I suggest three possibilities:
Have parshanut-torah-comment refer to all instances of Tanach interpretation (as I believe it does now), and reserve drush for questions about the methodology of Tanach interpretation (as it partially does now, although currently not exclusively and probably not exhaustively). This may lead to re-tagging of a bunch of questions currently under the former tag.
Have parshanut-torah-comment refer specifically to peshat/"close reading" questions as its wiki currently states, and have drush refer to questions that involve more extended derivation (and perhaps a third tag for methodology). I suspect that this would require a great deal of re-tagging of questions currently under the former tag.
My inclination is toward something along the lines of (2).
Separate, but related, is the question of whether these tags should refer to all of Tanach or just the Chumash.
I think the drush and midrash tags are too ambiguous without good tag wikis, and both have been used for too many things to make them useful, as have the parshanut-torah-comment and tanach tags. (We also have an agada-stories-legends tag and a pentateuch-chumash tag.) I suggest we have:
- A tag for questions about d'rasha as a method. Included would be things like 10910 and 10873. Proposed tag: drush-method (to distinguish from other possible uses).
A tag for questions about d'rashos (halachic or aggadic, including those in midrashim). Included would be things like 8788 and 2290.
- A tag for questions about stories found in aggadic midrashim. Included would be things like 10917. Proposed tag: midrash or agada-stories-legends (both exist, not sure how they differ).
- A tag for questions about how to read/understand p'sukim. Included would be things like 8291 and 10069. Proposed tag: parshanut-torah-comment (exists).
- No general tag for questions about topics covered in Tanach, like 10945 and 10915. These can have sefer-specific tags like malachi-bookof or parasha-specific tags like parashat-ki-tisa, but there are way too many of them for a general (or even pentateuch-chumash) tag to be useful. Proposal: delete the tanach and pentateuch-chumash tags.