In the tag, it is spelled "normally", with a W:

In a few questions, a user has spelled it stylized with a double V:

Can corns be grown the way in the VVitch?

What is the name of this medical practice in the VVitch?

After checking against IMDB, I put in an edit for both questions to change it to the "normal" (and more importantly, searchable and pronounceable) spelling. While the stylized version ("VV") does show up as a subtitle and on the AKAs, it is not pronounceable and only searchable if you know about the stylized version before hand.

In any case, the edits were apparently rejected.

If "VVitch" is the correct spelling for this particular film, the tag is wrong and needs to be changed.

If "Witch" is the correct spelling, the questions are wrong and my changes should have been approved.

Which is it?


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I don't think this has to be a strict either-or case. The stylized version of the title seems to be common too and IMDb suggests it as an alternative title. So none is exactly "wrong" or "correct". We don't necessarily have to make a strict decision there, let alone are able to do that. Other examples similar to this would be Fant4stic or Se7en.

Yes, in case of tags we need to choose one and it seems the tag uses the more conventional version that IMDb also uses as primary title, similar to the other two examples mentioned above. But in the question bodies there might be more leeway for stylization like that, which is why I rejected your specific edits as that was the only thing they changed.

However, what might be a good idea would be a tag synonym for , similar to the one for .

Regarding searchability and pronounceability, that's part of what tags are for afterall. And once both titles exist as tag synonyms, they should be used for searching anyway, especially since often people don't even mention the title in their question body. Yes, they should for a self-contained question, but you can't really rely on that.

Wait, it seems I misread and IMDb actually uses the more unconventional version as the primary title. In that case maybe that could be the primary tag name. But anyway, a synonym makes sense in any case, the master and synonym can easily be swapped later on. I still think there's no problem with allowing both spellings in the question text itself and if we swap the tags, suggesting edits for "VVitch" on the other 6 questions might not be the best idea either.

  • IMDB definitely uses the conventional spelling on the main listing, though the AKAs list both (along with all the international variations).
    – T.J.L.
    Commented Oct 29, 2019 at 17:01
  • @T.J.L. I tried to adress your most recent edit regarding searchability a little more.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented Oct 29, 2019 at 17:07
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    There's still no synonym. Are you planning to create one? Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 20:44
  • @Randal'Thor There is, I created it about a month ago.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 21:15
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    But when I click on the-vvitch, I get nothing. It should redirect to the-witch. Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 21:27
  • @Randal'Thor movies.stackexchange.com/tags/the-witch/synonyms
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 21:30

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