Given our community has been growing, and we seem to have a fairly active base, several of us thought now might be a good time to do some house cleaning on the site.
Given cleaning is a never ending task, we thought we'd set the bar low, to start, and take up a re-tagging effort on some of our more popular tags (by use). These were the tags that were selected, per this discussion in the U&L chatroom.
NOTE: users in that conversation: @Gilles, @derobert, @MichaelMrozek, @terdon, @Braiam, & @slm.
The outcome of this discussion was to do the following 3 things.
- List the tags we're going after
- Rewrite their excerpts and wiki entries
- Focus on re-tagging Q&A's covered by these tags
Step 1 - the tags
This was the list of tags that were deemed our targets.
- command-line vs. shell
- shell-script vs. shell + scripting
- linux-kernel vs. linux + kernel
Step 2 - Cleaning up the excerpts + descriptions
This one should be reviewed and discussed. I'm thinking these could be reviewed either on this meta Q or in the chatroom prior. Once we have consensus, one of us can make the changes to the actual excerpts and description entries.
One thing to keep in mind when working on this part. The tags should likely start with the following phrases:
- excerpt should be: "Use this for..."
- the description can be: "This is...".
In general tags should be viewed as categories with which a question falls into, however keep in mind that ...
"tags describe the question's topic" view leads to the same result as the "tags describe the expert who can answer" view 99% of the time.
So tagging can be something of an art, at times. If you're not sure, it's best to leave it alone, and consult a quorum in the chatroom, rather than guess!
Above all else remember this: WWGT - What Would Gilles Tag 8-)
Step 3 - retagging effort
This step, was not discussed at length, so I'd suggest we get through the first 2 steps and once we've got excerpts + descriptions locked, we'll focus on how to go about re-tagging things.
I'm providing links to additional resources within the meta site related to tagging & re-tagging below. They're broken up into 2 sections. Past re-tagging efforts, and references on tagging.
Past re-tagging efforts
- Splitting the ports tag
- router, routing, route
- Polysemy of the /scheduling tag
- On the shell, shell-script, command-line and terminal tags