There was a request to add the tag "academic" with this explanation:

Questions related specifically to the process of Chinese language studying, e.g. in a school or university.

"academic" sounds quite well, uhm, academic to me, while is not necessarily the case for questions related to studying in a school.

Maybe we should add "Learning Chinese" and "Language school" as tags instead?

  • I agree. Academic (in the context of a Stack that has already distanced itself from the "What does XX mean? How do you say XX?" questions) signifies a higher level discussion of linguistics. If this Stack intends to entertain that type of question, using "academic" to signify the question is arising from a study course or textbook will ultimately be confusing.
    – tao
    Sep 8, 2012 at 11:49
  • I think such a tag would be useful, but not in the originally intended way. For instance, if you require answers with some kind of scholarly/academic backing, this tag could be used to signify that merely stating "I think..." or "According to my own experience...". I'm not sure if there is a demand for a tag like this, because this kind of requirement could be included in the question ("I'm looking for academic articles/books relating to...).
    – Olle Linge
    Sep 20, 2012 at 13:56
  • Natural language evolve. Academic tag really served little purpose. At the end, it will become tl;dr;
    – mootmoot
    Nov 15, 2016 at 18:08
  • Questions about learning or studying Chinese can also be asked on Language Learning SE, where we already have several questions related to Chinese.
    – Tsundoku
    Aug 11, 2017 at 9:46

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This was me who has added an excerpt.
The tag was pretty old; the 1st Q appeared on Dec,23 last year.

In fact, the excerpt just reflected the actual common point of the existing questions.

If you think there's a better content/wording, please don't hesitate to raise a discussion and/or just edit the tag wiki. There are not that many Q's, so it's easy to re-tag them.

  • That's weird. I got as request to review this tag this week (I'm new to the reviewing mechanism but I assumed it was a new tag).
    – BertR
    Sep 7, 2012 at 13:41

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