So we have this question "What is Kikuhiko's sexual orientation?". when it was posted it used because the series tag didn't exist. after confirming that the series was Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju i tagged it as following the list here

In general, my preference would be for the following system. In descending order of preference, we should generally:

  1. Use English name. If there is an official English name which fits in 25 characters, we should go with that. Subtitles can be omitted in general.
  2. Use English abbreviation. If the English title exists, but it does not fit in 25 characters, and there is an official abbreviation of the English title which does fit, then use that.
  3. Use romanized Japanese title. Hepburn romanization is the standard method most of us use. Since macrons are not available without going to unicode characters (which is a bad idea) be sure to do these in the traditional style, e.g. ō should be replaced with ou. In Japanese word boundaries are sometimes ambiguous, but usually it's fairly clear where they should be.
  4. Use Japanese abbreviated title. This is going to be common for shows with long titles, like Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai gets tagged as . There are usually official abbreviations for series with very long titles, at least for those series that are fairly successful.
  5. If none of the above seem to fit, come up with something that works temporarily, e.g. the first N words of the title. Make a meta post asking for suggestions for a better tag name.

aside from going with the first item in the list my other reason for was that and are both too long for the 25 character limit on tags. also like how Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia's japanese release name is Ar tonelico: The Girl Who Keeps Singing at the End of the World (アルトネリコ世界の終わりで詩い続ける少女 Aru toneriko Sekai no Owari de Utai Tsuzukeru Shōjo) can be shortened to just Ar Tonelico by dropping it's subtitle i figured that Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju was a subtitle and could just be dropped

however Aki Tanaka may have found a better name

@Memor-X if else, the alternative Japanese tag should be rakugo-shinju (from the URL of its official site)

seems valid to me aswell. so i would like to ask which tag should be used for the question? or ? and whatever isn't used can we use as a synonym?

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I would go with because the OP has never seen the name .

@Makoto I have never ever see the name "Descending Stories" until you mention it. I bet nobody will recognize by this tags. But can't you use just Showa-Rakugo?

If a need ever arises (I doubt it since it's not a widely known series), we can always tag the English name as a synonym following the usual procedure of suggesting a tag synonym (4 upvotes from users with a total answer score of 5 or more on the tag).

  • In practice, I don't think we've ever created a tag synonym with that procedure here; it certainly isn't common in any case. More commonly, we have to get a mod to create the synonym (as senshin did in this case). Really the synonym system needs some work, but that's probably the topic for a different meta post.
    – Logan M
    Commented Mar 31, 2017 at 22:44
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    Yeah, what Logan said - I'm almost certain the user-voting approach to creating a synonym has never worked here (simply for lack of users, never mind users that actively check the tag synonym voting pages). If you want a synonym for anything other than, like, Naruto or something, post on meta or flag for moderator attention and one of us will put the synonyms in.
    – senshin
    Commented Mar 31, 2017 at 22:46

While I agree that "Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu" is a fairly unwieldy title, I had literally no idea that it'd been localized as "Descending Stories" despite being something of a fan of this series. This suggests to me that some fragment of the Japanese title is the way to go.

The master tag is now , with and as synonyms (along with some vowel variations).

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