Ok, so I know there's not too many people here yet, but hopefully you guys who are will give me your input!

Here's the deal. I'm creating the tags for the comm, which means gathering up allllllllllll the countries out there. But because I think organization is vital to things like this, I have to sort them accordingly. But my problem is the Americas.

Right now, I've got it reading as "location: americas[north] - somecountry" "location: americas[north] - somecountry (somecity or someprovince)." I did north, and south. But now, there's the middle chunk. A page on wiki says it's accepted to refer to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean as "Middle America," but I feel kinda odd calling what I know as "Central America," Middle America. And I'm so confused about where Mexico goes, given things like this: "Geophysically, the [Central American] region starts at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico (namely the Mexican states of Campeche, Chiapas, Tabasco, Quintana Roo, and Yucat√°n). The United Nations geoscheme includes Mexico in Central America; conversely, the European Union excludes both Mexico and Belize from the area. Geopolitically however, Mexico is usually considered a part of the North American region." So in that sense, just shoving it in "Middle America" seems like a simple answer, but... what do you guys think?? Do you like or dislike the idea of "americas[middle]" in the tags, with Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean locations listed under it?

Thanks for your help! ^^
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From: [personal profile] yvi


I really can't help with that (I say both Central and Middle America and am a non-native speaker anyway), but now I am wondering about the placement of Russia. That'll be another headache, I guess :/
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From: [personal profile] alextiefling


Late to the party here, but I'd say that 'Central America' and 'Caribbean' ought to be separate areas; that Mexico is in North America; and that I for one would be happy with separate Europe/Russia and Asia/Russia tags for use as appropriate.
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From: [personal profile] dizzyellie


I use Central America. When I hear "Middle America" I think of the midwest US. Which is probably because I'm from the midwest, heh. This is probably less than helpful, I know. *grin*

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Edited Date: 2010-09-15 11:59 pm (UTC)
dbskyler: (Golden Gate)

From: [personal profile] dbskyler


Hmm. Well, it seems to me that the most important thing is to have a system that people can quickly understand, and therefore comprehension should trump geopolitical correctness. I have to agree with others that "Middle America" does not make me immediately think of Mexico or Central America, and it definitely doesn't make me think of the Caribbean.

So, how about making the tags just a little bit longer for the sake of clarity? I.e.: Location: North America; Location: South America; Location: Mexico/Central America/Caribbean. I know it's clunkier, but it's a lot clearer. Or else you could maybe just split up Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean into three separate "location" tags? I realize you're trying to group things together, but to me, grouping Central America and the Caribbean together is pretty arbitrary, kind of like grouping Alaska and Russia together. Just because two places aren't that far apart on the map doesn't mean they form natural categories for people, and I think natural categories is what you want to go for here.
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From: [personal profile] foreverinblue


I would like Mexico as part of North America. Middle America sounds weird to me, and it's really not a part of central America to us Europeans either. =/
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