We've recently instigated a discussion about cleaning up tags, following on from last year's tag cleanup. You can see it here.
While there is more to Arqade than just the tags we have, let's stick on that topic for a while longer. One of the first comments on the above discussion was:
While going through the tags I saw that there's a fair few that need tag wikis, and others that have bad tag wiki excerpts. Can we incorporate a clean up of bad tag wikis into this maelstrom of hellfire somewhere?
Let's get a few things clear:
What is a tag wiki?
Tag wikis are brief excerpts of information detailing what the tag is about, the kinds of questions that should be asked in a tag, and possibly providing you links to some external resources like the Wikipedia article or official website for the game or game developer.
What makes a good tag wiki?
Clear, concise and original information. Tag wikis are shown in multiple places as follows:
When you hover over a tag, either in the tag list, or on a question, a nice little pop up will appear detailing the Excerpt section from the tag wiki:
This same excerpt is displayed at the top of the list of questions when you're browsing questions by tag, with a link to "learn more":
The full tag wiki is displayed when you click "learn more":
So, a good tag wiki will:
- Concisely state what the tag is about when you hover over a tag
- Give a full description of what the tag is when you click "learn more"
- Detail where you can find more information when you click "learn more"
- Be original - we don't like plagiarism at the best of times, but on tag wikis, don't do it. If you want to include a small section of text from a site like Wikipedia, clearly block quote it and attribute it and ensure it's not the only information available.
- NO SPOILERS. Spoilers in a tag wiki is just not acceptable. You can't hide them and they've got high visibility
What format should tag wikis be in?
It would be nice if we could agree a format to use when creating tag wikis, for consistency. This will also help our newer users create their own tag wikis as they'll know exactly what is expected in a tag wiki.
Tag wikis should be started using the dictionary method; that is we make the assumption that the user knows what they've just clicked on, so don't reiterate it. This means instead of
"Minecraft is a game by Mojang where you break blocks and eat cake"
"A game by Mojang where you break blocks and eat cake"
(I've never played Minecraft, I don't know if cake is involved!)
The point of this question
If you agree we should have a consistent community agreed format for tag wikis, upvote the question.
If you disagree we should have a consistent community agreed format for tag wikis, downvote the question.
Post answers below to propose a format for us to use site wide for all tag wikis, these can individually be upvoted and downvoted to form community consensus.
Once we reach a community consensus on a format, the editing can begin.