as far as these forums go, if it's not made in Japan, then it's not really "anime".
This is correct.
This is not made as a judgement call on quality or "worthiness" and it's not made to be the definitive answer to this subject. It's for organizational purposes.
I have my own opinions about this and about the validity of these arguments on terms and usage and categories. But none of those are important in terms of where something is placed on the forums. If it's not animated in Japan, it doesn't go in the Anime forums, regardless of what anyone calls it or thinks it is.