tag wiki excerpts
These should be short and precise, with no unnecessary fuzz.
Use this tag if you are seeking software recommendations for …
is very bad style – for multiple reasons:
- "use this tag": superflous. Of course tags are there to be used :)
- "if you are seeking software recommendations": super-superflous. What else is this site for?
The excerpt should be as short and precise as possible – and not have more details as really required. Let's take an example: the windows-7, currently having the following excerpt:
Use this tag when asking for software that needs to run specifically on Windows 7. Please tag with "windows" if it's related to the Windows OS in general.
Which shows up under the tag as:
when asking for software that needs to run specifically on Windows 7. Please tag with "windows" if it's related to the
You see: most essential parts are cut off (at the end).
if software needs to run specifically on Windows 7. Please tag with "windows" if it's related to the Windows OS in general.
Turns up under the tag – exactly like that. Nothing cut off.
Here we can put more details. Though people rarely happen to come here – if they do, they should be rewarded:
- a longer description of what the tag is about
- details for when to use it (and when not)
- if available, related tags: when to use them instead, and when in addition
- unrelated tags often mistaken for the given tag (if any)
- Links to e.g. Wikipedia for things like detailed product descriptions (where appropriate)
- whatever deems helpful in the context
Though we can be more generous here "space-wise", don't exagerate: keep it precise still. With our example tag: this doesn't need the entire history of the Windows OS, or who runs the company – just facts helpful in context of our site :)