I'm noticing a string of questions about movies that could be considered 'foreign'. This is defined by a movie not well known due to not being in the American/UK box office. I realize I must tread lightly here and I do not mean to offend any other country's box office. But, seeing as this site is in English; I can assume the majority of users here are native English speakers. Should we consider movies not released in these box offices 'foreign' and label them with their country of origin in order to better help their questions? Or, will this create a bit of alienation or just a flood of unnecessary tags?

References (Coincidentally from the same user):

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    Ask the OP to fill out the tag wiki for the movie title
    – phwd
    Dec 10, 2011 at 23:22

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I don't see why users' native language would matter directly (I'm not a native English speaker, nor do I live in an English-speaking country, but I think I watch more movies in English than in my native language), but their location does, since not all movies get worldwide distribution even now.

You can get a rough idea of where people are coming from by looking at location fields in profile. For launched sites, you can analyse this kind of data on the Stack Exchange Data Explorer. This query (lightly adapted from one by David Freitas) shows a breakdown of users by country. Note that this is a very crude approximation, since it relies on data that users are free to enter or not and the query is far from recognizing every place name.

Looking at a few launched sites (beta sites aren't available in SEDE), Photography, Cooking and Gaming all have roughly half their users from mainly English-speaking countries (US + UK + Canada + Australia). That's a majority but not an overwhelming one; it doesn't warrant specifically tagging non-English-speaking movies as foreign.

So should we tag movies by country of origin? I do see some merit to the idea in principle, not exactly by country but by distribution channels, so that people can concentrate on tags that correspond to the distribution channels that they have access to. (Released in the US, released in India, etc.) However there are more and more international distribution channels: DVDs shipped by mail, video-on-demand, TV broadcasts… So this tagging would not be useful for very many people. And in any case I don't foresee that the community will keep it up.

On balance, origin tags would not be very useful and would be missing often anyway. So no, I don't think we should have origin tags.

We might have origin tags in a different form: , , …; these could make sense in that they imply a certain category of style of movie, but they are terribly broad.


I'm the one asked the questions you link. :-) I even asked about movies another foreign countries, like Donnie Darko, that comes from a country far far away from my own (Germany).

I don't think a tag for the country is of any use. If you know the movie, you probably already know, where it's from (oh, yes, it's this chinese/french/south african movie). If you don't know the movie, it wouldn't help, if a tag says it's from Hollywood or Bollywood. I think it is more important to link to the film on some reference-site (IMDB, Wikipedia, ...), so that people not knowing the movie can get more information. I think I did that in the most cases.

The only reason for regional/country-tags I see, is if you ask about the movie-industry in that country. That question is an example for that.

And for fun, which country-tags should get this question about the movie Perfect Sense produced from Germany, UK, Sweden and Denmark (according to IMDB)?

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