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Adding your own Tags
To ensure tag-naming consistency, please abide by these rules:
- Tag names are basically all lower case, just like they would be used in sentences with British English spelling, e.g.
- anything can be awesome, creepy Gothic architecture.
- Reminder: Countries / languages start with a capital 1st letter, i.e.
- Spain, French, Japanese.
- Abbreviations are kept all upper case, e.g.
- SMS, CG, OP, ED, 3D.
- Full sentences begin in upper case, just like any sentence would.
- Names as in movies or book titles use Book Title Capitalization, e.g.
- Blade Runner, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
- Japanese words are spelled all lower case, e.g.
- sakura, henshin, onii-chan.
- character names, voice actors, directors, fannames, etc.
- all upper-case tag names, e.g.
- FOOBAR -> foobar
- avoid excessive use of ! or ?, e.g.
- foobar!!! -> foobar!
Note Please try to be objective when creating tag names, e.g. "this show is crap" will certainly not help and be deleted.
When adding a new tag name, please add a description text as well. This helps all the users out there understand why you defined the tag, and will make your tags all the more valuable and useful:
- Use British English (no fancy casing)!
- Try to describe the intent / meaning of your tag as clearly as possible.
- Use complete sentences, e.g. "Japanese for transformation (metamorphosis or disguise)."
- Please do not simply copy the tag name into the description field. This is redundant spam.
If you happen to see a tag without a description, feel free to add your own. Help make the anime tags more descriptive!
Note Tag maintainers are much more likely to delete an obscure tag that does not have a description.
Global Spoiler? / Local Spoiler?
A tag can very well be a huge spoiler. To avoid giving away information you can either check mark it as a global spoiler (tag name is always considered to be a spoiler) or as a local spoiler (tag name is only a giveaway for the current anime).
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When suggesting a tag name change, add a descriptive comment in the text box explaining your reasons.