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Should the tag exist?

The tag summary is:

Malayalam is a language spoken primarily in the state of Kerala, India.

Which seems rather out of scope as a tag on SO to me.

A particular user is suggesting a lot of edits which add this tag, and a lot of them are being approved.

What is the consensus about this tag? Have I missed something about this particular language that makes it warrant a tag?

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  • It's not large enough to be considered for cjk, and it's too narrow to be considered for just Unicode or utf-8. I'm thinking it stays.
    – Makoto
    Jan 7, 2014 at 4:09
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    Related discussion available here: Tags for natural languages help in content categorization and searching of posts. Jan 7, 2014 at 6:22
  • The questions under the tag are genuine programming problems (except this one which should be closed on sight), and very much language dependent (Malayalam is my native language). Jan 7, 2014 at 9:06
  • Great Stack Overflow Tag 'Cleanup' of 2012 took the axe to a lot of language tags, as I recall, despite a somewhat-less-than-consensus that it was a good idea
    – AakashM
    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:16

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There's precedent for tags for languages with unusual alphabets. Compare , , and .

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  • See also hindi.
    – Linuxios
    Jan 7, 2014 at 4:10
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    Though, for some reason, not chinese.
    – TRiG
    Jan 7, 2014 at 4:10
  • Odd. No Japanese or Korean either.
    – Linuxios
    Jan 7, 2014 at 4:11
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    All of those language fall under CJK - Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
    – Makoto
    Jan 7, 2014 at 4:11
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I think maybe the tag wiki excerpt needs to mention the font that most of the 5 questions refer to. It seems like all the questions tagged with it are specific about the language one way or another, so it seems appropriate to me.

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