I've been noticing a hesitance towards pools lately whenever the subject comes up. Is there a thread I missed on the subject or is this an internal thing?
not really, just that over time, tagging has had some changes that more or less make collection pools less useful
such as: other names allowing for auto-translation from other sites, meta tags, better search optimization, etc
this led to some pools, for example contest/event pools like the annual touhou popularity contest art pools being in sort of a limbo, since they are meta knowledge that has a translated tag, but making them into a meta tag seems just off
we've also had a more open stance towards tagging, like how pool:false_smiles became false smile, since it is possible to tag it