A proposed guideline on writing tag wiki excerpts
From the page "What are tags, and how should I use them?"
A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of connecting experts with questions they will be able to answer by sorting questions into specific, well-defined categories.
Each tag has a "tag wiki" ("tag info") composed of two parts: a "tag wiki excerpt" ("usage guidance") and a "tag wiki" ("full tag wiki").
From the page "What is a tag wiki? How do I write a good one?"
Each tag on Stack Exchange has two pieces of user-editable content associated with it:
- a short tag wiki excerpt of up to about 500 characters of plain text, and
- a full tag wiki page describing the tag in more detail.
From the Stack Exchange Blog post of Jeff Atwood:
The excerpt should define the shared quality of questions containing this tag — boiled down to a few short sentences.
Provide basic guidance on when to use the tag. In other words, what kinds of questions should have this tag? Tags only exist as ways of organizing questions, so if we don’t provide proper guidance on which questions need this tag, they won’t get tagged at all, rendering the tag excerpt moot.
I propose that the tag excerpt should be a phrase that completes the sentence "This tag is for questions that are about […]."
- precalculus: "Courses designed to prepare students for subsequent calculus courses"
- common-core: "The Common Core State Standards in the United States of America"
- terminology: "How words are used in mathematics or mathematics education"
- bug: "A reproducible problem on the site that is believed to be due to a mistake, malfunction, or programming error"
- support: "Seeking help with a feature of the site"
- status-declined: "Feature requests that will not be implemented, or bugs that will not be fixed at the present time"
- duplicate-questions: "Identifying and closing questions that are duplicates of another question"