I added and to What, if any, are the primary differences between Korean as spoken in the North and that spoken in the South? since they seemed relevant.

However, the former tag was immediately used on this question: What are the differences between 는 / 은 and 가 / 이? However, that question doesn't seem to indicate in any other way that answers should be SK-specific, and it's probably not useful to exclude any information relevant to other dialects. I suspect that the tag was used in lieu of simply since that does not exist, and the asker is unaware that such a tag would not be useful.

So are these two tags useful, or just confusing? I foresee a lot of similar misuse, but I think they are still useful categories.

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    It's an unavoidable question, so thanks for stating it this fast. Misuse of both tags is imminent and we should get a policy about that as fast as possible.
    – Mast
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 18:42

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I think that the vast majority of questions will be specific to South-Korean by default, and thus having explicit tags for both South and North Korean would be unnecessary.

Maybe an explicit tag for North Korean is okay, but I think we should just assume that unless specified, any general question is about the South Korean Standard Dialect / 표준어.

Short Version: A "North Korean" tag may be justifiable, but a "South Korean" tag is almost certainly redundant.

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    I don't disagree, but my question isn't really about what we should assume implicitly. Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 19:24
  • @MatthewRead, I guess I'm saying that the South Korean tag would be redundant, but keeping the North Korean tag may be justifiable.
    – user12
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 19:26
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    @AndrewGrimm oh whoops, it is. Thanks for pointing that out!
    – user12
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 12:07

I think just using the tag would suffice.

Perhaps with and/or as synonyms, if there is a need for having those explicitly present in the tag system.

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    Adding them as synonyms will allow the problem I outlined to remain, while providing no benefits regarding categorization. Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 19:22
  • I believed that the tag synonyms automatically was converted into the base tag by the SE system. If that is not the case, I see your point, but am not sure if I agree. Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 19:31
  • Reworded slightly, as the synonym part was not the main exploratory part of my answer. My main question is: would using ‘dialects’ suffice? Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 19:39
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    It's worth noting that using a generic dialects for this purpose is far too broad because there are far more regional dialects than just North/South Korean. Busan, Jeju, and other areas also have their own distinct dialects (which are often not entirely mutually-intelligible).
    – Eilon
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 20:16

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