Recently, I've been going around and creating tag wiki excerpts. At first, I was wondering about the usefulness of such work-but after a few accepts, it seemed like a good idea. After a few (not-so) stupid blunders, I got autobanned from editing. I know, a tragedy. Please, save your gallons of tears for later, we need to focus :)

Naturally, the first thing I did was lament in the site chat. Out of the blue, a user came along and pointed out that my edits were technically against the policy for good tag excerpts.

Now, I am pretty sure that this is part of the "default" kit assigned to all SE sites, but the point still remains.

Most of our tags are about the content of a question, not the question itself. Thus, according to the policy, there is no need for a usage guide-the exceptions are tags such as and .

Essentially, should we even have such "boilerplate" descriptions of a topic on wiki excerpts?

  • $\begingroup$ As to not let your question without anything, I'll just say that I don't know. It's in part because I don't really look at them 😞... $\endgroup$
    – Tortliena
    Apr 3 at 22:18
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    $\begingroup$ @Tortliena since asking the question I saw the same behavior continue; my edits would be rejected by sphennings for being boilerplate, then L. Dutch would come along and approve them. I see reasons for both sides but we should really pick one and change the rules accordingly. $\endgroup$ Apr 5 at 1:32
  • $\begingroup$ Do I understand your question? The science-fiction, science-based, hard-science and internal-consistency tags are unique in that they scope the answers, not the questions. They exist due to years of experience dealing with people who want varying degrees of scientific basis or, in the case of internal-consistency, help making sure the rules of their world make sense. I don't understand what you mean by "the content of a question, not the question itself." $\endgroup$
    – JBH
    Apr 17 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ @JBH I pointed out those tags are the exception. Most others refer to "the content of the question..." (e.g. questions tagged space involve, well, space.) $\endgroup$ Apr 18 at 1:39
  • $\begingroup$ I still don't know what you mean by "the content of a question, not the question itself." $\endgroup$
    – JBH
    Apr 18 at 2:48
  • $\begingroup$ Tags tell the reader "This question concerns Topic X" $\endgroup$ Apr 18 at 17:34


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