We had a conversation in chat about the next few contest topics. We all agreed that a tag connected to Asian cuisine would be a good idea. But we were undecided about the exact scope. If we include geographic Asia, this would mean that the contest covers a wide range of cuisines, including several which people don't connect with Asian cooking, such as Turkish cuisine. The proposal that we center on cuisines of the Far East was generally accepted, but it carries the difficulty of a concise definition.
- Saying "Oriental cuisine" is hard, because in several English-speaking regions, the word has negative connotations and can be seen as a racial slur
- Saying that tags should be given on a country level and defining a list of countries which we accept presents us with an organizational problem - Laura would have to manually track all the tags. Two or three tags would be acceptable, but not more.
- Saying "Far east cuisine" or some other invention of ours is problematic, because the people who write questions for the contest would have to look up an arbitrary definition created by us.
- Saying "Chinese cuisine" only leaves us way too focused. We want to attract more questions with this content. It makes sense to have a broad enough topic, for example one which covers Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean...
So, we are faced with two decisions.
- Which countries' cuisines do we want to cover for a single contest? Is Indian & co sufficiently different from Chinese & co to warrant its own week? Or should we lump everything geographically belonging to Asia together?
- Which tag or tags should be used for the contest, such that they cover the cuisines we want, and don't make it confusing or hard for the askers or for Laura?