Someone posted this workplace.SE meta post in chat earlier, and I think this idea is just so good for Travel.SE.

The idea basically is about adding country flags to the country tags, something like:

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How can we implement that here?

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    V. nice, we should be leading the way in this initiative.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 8:33
  • This has now got to Meta.SE - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/279254/…
    – CMaster
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 10:55
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    Would continent tags like 'Africa' or 'Asia' get a little outline shape of the continent as an icon ?
    – blackbird
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 11:53
  • @blackbird57 Anything involving maps gets too political too quickly, e.g. is Georgia part of Europe or Asia? Is Indonesia Asia or Oceania? Better to stick to countries, where we can fall back on ISO-3166 assignments (thus, Taiwan would get a flag, but Kosovo would not).
    – choster
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 14:27
  • Shouldn't this be tagged feature-request?
    – CMaster
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 15:54
  • @CMaster yes, i edited it.. Commented May 12, 2016 at 15:55
  • Older: Country tag design
    – choster
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 22:23

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The problem that WSE has - people ignoring country tags - isn't particuarly a problem here. In general, in fact, I don't think adding little flags solves any problems we have.

But it looks nice, and can only boost clarity. If it's possible I think we should go for it.

Bonus Q: Do we also do this for "citizens" tags?

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    Main purpose is as you said, it looks nice, and yes, I think we should add it for citizen tags as well. Commented May 12, 2016 at 8:57
  • Suggestion for the citizen tags - could it be flag + passport icon (or person, something like that).
    – CMaster
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 9:17
  • Cmaster very nice, a person icon 👦 with the flag is nice. Can we add a person with a turban for Arab countries? Just saying 👳😁 Commented May 12, 2016 at 9:56
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    @HeidelBerGensis If whatsapp taught us anything is that if we add a person icon we'll also need an a yellow person-emoji, a purple person-emoji, a brown person-emoji...
    – JoErNanO Mod
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 15:29

I agree with the flags in country tags and I would also like them in 'citizen of ... country' tags.
I use other sites, and in some of them flag are or have been used. In case of Yahoo Answers 'have been' and my friends there and I have not been happy to see them disappear.

It did not solve all 'wrong country for the answer' problems but that was mostly because they were added based on the log-in country rather than based on the text as we do here.


I am going to echo Monica's answer on Workplace and say that I'd rather have a generic and neutral icon like a globe next to the country name, rather than a flag:

While arbitrary icons would cause confusion for people who've seen this on SO, thinking our icons are corporate sponsors too, I think a single, unambiguous icon -- such as a globe -- that's used on all the location tags would avoid that problem. An earlier version of this answer proposed using flags (so the tags would have different icons), but, on reflection, a single icon that signals "hey, there's a location tag here (so pay attention to it)" would be sufficient. I hope it would also be easier to manage.

  • That would work for the specific case of Workplace.SE, not for Travel.SE. Almost every question here is about a different place, while on Workplace.SE it is a different case and these few questions about a specific place should be distinct. Commented May 12, 2016 at 15:48
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    @HeidelBerGensis a generic globe icon would have pretty much no benefit for TSE
    – CMaster
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 15:54
  • @CMaster They'd work in pointing out "hey there's a country tag here". Which is IMHO more than enough to make people pay attention to a tag. Also, asking for a common solution across various SE sites might help in having the feature-request implemented.
    – JoErNanO Mod
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 15:55
  • @CMaster that's exactly my point. In addition to that, we have the whole map as the background in TSE ;) Commented May 12, 2016 at 16:03
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    @JoErNanO that would be useful when questions with country tags are rare and people should pay attention to that, that's not the case for TSE, almost ALL questions are country specific here. Commented May 12, 2016 at 16:04
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    @HeidelBerGensis sorry, I was agreeing with you. I somehow missed a word
    – CMaster
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 16:06
  • @JoErNanO bit late here but I'd rather have a [...] globe next to the country name, rather than a globe kinda contradicts :P
    – CalvT
    Commented Jul 4, 2017 at 15:31

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