Default tags here in Meta and in the main site are in English. Should we prefer English or Italian for the tags?

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Since there exist many predefined tags which are already in English (, , ...) I'd rather stick with English.

We however might consider to add wiki descriptions in both languages.

That being said, I might think of exceptions in case of specific Italian words, which wouldn't make sense to translate.

For instance I believe would make a lot more sense than .

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    proper names should not be translated
    – Sklivvz
    Nov 5, 2013 at 21:13
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    Also, I don't know whether in terms of the SE network it would be a good idea to have Italian tags. Say, if they wanted to do some analysis of the most widespread tags across sites... or automagically give links to discussions in other sites of the network.
    – nico
    Nov 6, 2013 at 7:21
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    I find the Gilles; proposal and answer more proper... There exists the possibility to do synonym tags, it's a little work when we create a tag (or when it arrives to survive and be populated), but it will help both sides of the community (Italian only speaking and not Italian speaking).
    – Hastur
    Mar 15, 2018 at 12:44

The French, Spanish and Russian sites have tags in the site's language, with English synonyms. The German, Japanese and Chinese sites have tags in English; German.SE has German synonyms, while Japanese.SE and Chinese.SE don't have the technical possibility of tags in the site's language.

I recommend having tags in Italian, with English synonyms. That way the site is more immediately accessible to most of the target audience (people with a minimum knowledge of Italian), while remaining accessible to an international audience (who can type an English word and get the corresponding tag).

That's on the main site, of course. (This question seems a bit confused about main site vs. Meta.) On Meta, I recommend sticking with the same tags as the main Meta site, and defining some Italian synonyms for the benefit of the Italian audience.

Corresponding discussions on other language sites:

(I can't write in Italian, feel free to add a translation.)

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