The Streetpass Mii Plaza minigames currently use their US names, but worldwide they are known by other titles (see the Mii Plaza Wiki).

Can we synonymise these two groups for ease of searching?

The tags are:

(For completeness sake, is known by that name worldwide)

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    For the record, I'd prefer the other way around. – user98085 Aug 9 '13 at 9:47
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    @FEichinger - me too, but I figured that all of the US tags are currently being used, whereas only one of the worldwide ones is. – Robotnik Aug 9 '13 at 10:44
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    Unless we want to adopt a policy of being US-centric, we should definitely synonymise to the worldwide names. – SevenSidedDie Aug 9 '13 at 21:07
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    But if you synonymise to worldwide names, you somewhat lose all the American/Canadian search traffic. The Super Mario Wiki used to name their pages based on whatever English name came out first, but for search traffic purposes they went to North American for everything. – Toomai Aug 10 '13 at 0:08
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    @Toomai - I was under the impression that the synonimised tags still existed (SEO and all that), they just redirected to the main tag. Can anyone confirm? – Robotnik Aug 10 '13 at 0:41
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    Being in Britain, I definitely prefer a worldwide approach. It's hard enough to find stuff online which isn't UScentric as it is, what with most of the gaming industry being based there and all that. (nope, not bitter that Minecon's in LA and I can't afford the plane. Not at all.) – shanodin Aug 11 '13 at 10:18
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    @shanodin Heh, I was super stoked that PAX made it to Australia this year, I had been planning a trip over to go to PAX Prime in 2014 anyway, but it was good to go to the local one this year as well :) – Robotnik Aug 11 '13 at 10:25
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    Let's also not ignore that Nintendo itself is not US-based. (I'm of course not suggesting that we start using Japanese names now, but we most definitely shouldn't assume the US to be the decisive region here.) – user98085 Aug 11 '13 at 13:47
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    The synonimization direction should be based on the traffic we get. Does someone have those numbers available? – Toomai Aug 11 '13 at 15:13
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    Oh yeah, and synonymizing these from NTSC -> PAL would also open up a whole can of precedents, such as kirby-super-star -> kirbys-fun-pack, star-fox-64 -> lylat-wars, and super-mario-strikers -> mario-smash-football. – Toomai Aug 11 '13 at 15:27
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    @FEichinger Based on Google Trends, the US search terms get searched for a lot more often than the generic names, so I would definitely say to use those like originally suggested and like currently being used. Also, Stack Exchange is based in the US, so it makes sense there too. – Ullallulloo Aug 11 '13 at 20:03
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    @Toomai Google Trends agrees with you. – Ullallulloo Aug 11 '13 at 20:03
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    @Toomai - I don't think there will be a precedent set, it will depend on a game-by-game basis, and people will be arguing from either side just like on this question. For example, Genesis has been the top tag since the get-go, with mega-drive as a synonym. I'm not suggesting we reverse that (not here at least) – Robotnik Aug 11 '13 at 20:41
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    @Ullallulloo - Spelling is a far cry from names though, If there were a game called Colours (with a 'u') we would spell it that way in the tag, regardless of what region it was in. The reverse is true as well, for example, Gameboy Color – Robotnik Aug 11 '13 at 23:08
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    @Ullallulloo - As per my (way) earlier comment, don't synonimised tags still exist for SEO anyway? can you confirm? If they do, it doesn't matter which way we go, so long as there is a synonym for each game Google will be able to find it. – Robotnik Aug 12 '13 at 3:35
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Why don't we just avoid the US vs Worldwide debate and use for all the minigames? Just leave off the individual tags.

We don't have individual tags for and . We just have . If Mii Plaza is one application with multiple minigames, I don't see why we should treat it differently.

It really seems like we are overcomplicating things here.

  • I'm marking this as accepted, because a) I think this is the only way we're going to end this stalemate,and b) its not a half bad idea – Robotnik Nov 9 '13 at 4:50
  • @Robotnik marking an answer as accepted doesn't actually do anything during Meta voting, though. – kotekzot Nov 11 '13 at 20:05
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    @kotekzot Lies. It makes me feel smart and popular. – user9983 Nov 11 '13 at 20:25
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    Have a comment upvote then. – kotekzot Nov 11 '13 at 20:25
  • Two more games were added to the Streetpass Plaza today. I think this is the course we should take if we don't want a mess of 16 tags for the plaza and its games. – Brian Apr 17 '15 at 3:46
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    I have suggested-synonyms for all these tags to be under the overarching streetpass-mii-plaza tag – Robotnik May 27 '15 at 14:58
  • I don't think we should reduce each minigame tag as a mere synonym of "Streetpass Mii Plaza". I'd suggest only, for example, "streetpass-battle" and "warriors-way" as synonyms. – pinckerman May 27 '15 at 15:15

Use Worldwide over USA

  • Uh, does this mean use US tags over WorldWide tags (Worldwide becomes a synonym of US, so we tag with US), or the other way? Why must there be no good way to explain this? – The Ugly Nov 7 '13 at 21:41
  • @TheUgly Usually, the arrow points from the synonym to the master. ;) – user98085 Nov 7 '13 at 22:34
  • @TheUgly - I've made this clearer in the description – Robotnik Nov 7 '13 at 22:34
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    @Ullallulloo: No, that's not what that MSO post says. Only US spelling should be preferred in a tag if a term is recognized worldwide. As an example I'm pulling straight out of thin air, on photography.SE, a the tag would be [color] and not [colour]. The globally recognized terms are [streetpass...] and not the other versions. It's only in the US (and possibly the rest of NA) that use these second versions. – MBraedley Nov 8 '13 at 2:33
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    @Ullallulloo -MBraedley is right, Which is the point I made in the comments above, about 2 months ago – Robotnik Nov 8 '13 at 2:38
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    @MBraedley: Except they don't say to use the international terms either. It would be assumed that US terms would be used too if the spelling is. Photography.SE does use [color] over [colour]. You say that only the US using them means that we shouldn't use them, but like I said, that those are by far the most popular searches, which is the most important thing, and directly contrary to your point of using the international tags for popularity. – Ullallulloo Nov 8 '13 at 3:32
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    @Ullallulloo And that's what we have synonyms for. We should always default to International terms with US spelling. – user98085 Nov 8 '13 at 10:52
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    @Ullallulloo: Do you know why the spelling was standardized 4 years ago on SO to use US English? It's because most (all?) programming languages and the APIs written for them use US spelling. Because I use them daily, Java and C++ are the first to come to mind. But that has absolutely no bearing on what we're doing, since we're not arguing about the spelling of a word in a tag, we're arguing about the term used in a tag. Don't think the two are equivalent. Please, stop using "because MSO tells us to use US English" as part of your argument, because you're wrong. – MBraedley Nov 8 '13 at 12:04
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    @Ullallulloo: Now, as for the second half of your comment, I didn't say we should be using the international terms because they're popular (they currently obviously aren't), but because they're international! If I go shopping in another country, I don't ask for a tuque or a beanie (which is different, BTW), I ask for a winter hat, so that I'm understood. – MBraedley Nov 8 '13 at 12:20
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    @MBraedley Based on Google, the US terms are more well-understood. We don't use Lycan Wars just because it's international. Since this is a US site, I don't see why we would use more obscure terms just because they're international. – Ullallulloo Nov 8 '13 at 17:03
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    @Ullallulloo SE inc. is a US company, SE is an international site. – kotekzot Nov 8 '13 at 17:11

Just out of curiosity, I offer a middle ground:

Add both tags to questions.

These games are minigames of the larger . Each question should have this tag, and the two names of the game in question.

This is what the tag area will look like for each games respective questions:

For completeness sake:


Sure, this'll require some dilligence on our part. But the questions are few in number and there aren't a lot rolling in weekly, I'm sure we can handle it.

  • (I'm also fully prepared for this to be downvoted to oblivion, but I'd like to see some closure to this topic. One way or the other, we're gonna resolve this)' – Robotnik Nov 7 '13 at 3:29
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    No no no no no no no. This is monstrous. This way lies madness. – LessPop_MoreFizz Nov 7 '13 at 12:12
  • @LessPop_MoreFizz - Good, then we're all in agreement that synonimisation is the way to go – Robotnik Nov 7 '13 at 23:28

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