Calling all those interested in helping the site and potentially gaining a tag editor or research assistant badge!

We have a tag with an old, copy-pasted excerpt & wiki that could use some attention:

If you follow this tag or know enough about its use on this site, please consider taking some time to improve its excerpt and/or wiki!

Two resources that I've relied on are:

The guidelines that I use for myself

A good excerpt will:

  • define the shared quality of questions containing this tag -- boiled down to a few short sentences
  • Avoid generically defining the concept behind a tag, unless it is highly specialized
  • Concentrate on what a tag means to your community
  • Provide basic guidance on when to use the tag. In other words, what kinds of questions should have this tag + common alternatives (“don’t use this tag”)

An awesome wiki will expand on the excerpt, plus have a clear structure, such as:

About [tag]:

  • fuller description (wikipedia?), with key features
  • logo & link to any official website
  • list of alternative implementations and related (client/server access) programs

Using [tag] in Unix.SE:

  • other release/version-specific versions of the tag, if any
  • tags that get confused with this one (“what this tag is not about”) -- see the History tag for an example; also “mac” vs “mac address”

Additional resources:

  • in-line text of common troubleshooting tips (top 1 or 2 Q’s?)
  • links to Q’s for common tasks, FAQ’s, canonical / popular Q’s
  • guide to any In-program help
  • links to any online communities / forums
  • links to good/popular books, guides, articles

PS. These are the top 3 tags (question-wise) from this SEDE query.


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I’ve just updated the excerpt (usage guidance) and tag wiki for . I was going to update the boot-loader tag but working on the Chrome tag took a lot longer than I had anticipated.

I've now also completed the usage guidance and a first draft of the tag wiki for .

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