Is there a system for tagging foreign language films (i.e., languages other than English)? I would personally like to follow questions on all Korean and Japanese films and there does not appear to be any way to do this currently. I have also had language tags removed from my questions in the past.


  • In other words, I'd like to see all Japanese movies like Rashomon, Ikiru, etc., tagged either with or . The same would happen for all Korean, French, Spanish, Thai, and other movies.

  • I see now that there is a tag.

  • There is also a tag.

  • May this discussion help meta.movies.stackexchange.com/questions/977/…
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 13:21
  • @AnkitSharma My language tags have been removed in some questions. You don't see a Korean tag for questions on Oldboy, do you? Presumably there is some reason for this. Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 13:41
  • @druciferre Please check this thread out. Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 12:38
  • Already checked. :)
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 13:06
  • In general i was in favor of tags like Japanese and Bollywood to bunch them up together. But community is MOSTLY against it till its an ID.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 13:07
  • Nopes.....i only have one account....but What made you think that
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 13:30
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    ohh....i thought it addressed to me, doesn't noticed druciferre's name.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 10:19

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The problem with these sort of tags is that they describe the movie or tv show, but they don't describe what the question is about, and that's ultimately what the tags are for, to let us know in advance what the question pertains to. We currently do not have a system to categorize tags.

  • Thank you. In that case, how do "action", "thriller", "anime" or "bollywood" satisfy that criterion? Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 13:52
  • they don't unless they're on identification questions (the one exception for this rule). I'm cleaning up those tags.
    – DForck42
    Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 14:00
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    tagging @coleopterist so you get my response
    – DForck42
    Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 14:00
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    @coleopterist or the question is specifically asking about that subject. for instance: movies.stackexchange.com/questions/12467/…
    – DForck42
    Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 14:06
  • Thanks. So I guess that it's functionally impossible for me to be alerted to questions on Korean and Japanese films. Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 14:07
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    Re: tags relevant to the question: Yes I suppose that questions on the history of Bollywood satisfy this requirement. But from what I can tell, that is now how it is primarily used. Similarly, most [ridley-scott] questions don't have anything to do with him in particular. In the case of [anime], it's probably more than most :| Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 14:09
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    @coleopterist yeah our tagging system is a bit of a mess at the moment. but yeah, they're really supposed to be relevant to the question itself, not just tangential information.
    – DForck42
    Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 14:19
  • @coleopterist Oh yeah, the habit of putting director names in tags is something that waits for a big meta discussion for a long time already. Yet I'm too lazy to start it myself either. ;-)
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 9:38

I don't agree so much with this approach. First of all because of DForck42's argument, which is the same reason why the action tag is discouraged on a question about Mission Impossible.

And furthermore we would have to use this on all questions, tagging "non-foreign language movies" (from the point of view of this question) as english. The reason this site's language is English is not because it is mainly about English language movies or because the community is centered around English native speakers, but because the community is international and multilingual (a case for which English has established itself as lingua franca). English is the language of this site, not of the topic discussed on this site. Therefore English language movies theoretically don't have a special position among the movies discussed on this site (they practically have, because those are the ones most people have seen and can discuss about).

And even more than that, the language in which a movie was produced doesn't say much about the movie at all (if it can even be decided clearly, see The Good, The Bad and The Ugly). What you may be after are the countries or, much more important, the cultures which the movies were produced in. But this cannot be decided that easily either. And who then decides that Korean movies are more worth to mention their origin than Hollywood movies or other U.S. movies or other English movies or movies produced in Romania, France, Germany or Nigeria?

On the bottom line, this policy is just too subjective and segregating if enforced for some movies only and too hard to do and utterly irrelevant if enforced for all movies.

  • The Dollars Trilogy is simply an exceptional case. Having a slightly broken policy is better than having no policy at all as you simply lose functionality if you don't. I don't believe that this is subjective; exceptional cases can be handled in meta. IMO, English/Hollywood/whatever simply becomes the default implicit tag for questions which are not about foreign films as the vast majority of questions on this site are about them. We won't have to tag all questions; just the foreign film ones which are currently an insignificant minority. Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 13:20

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