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The current javascript tag excerpt reads thus:

The common name for the language used primarily for scripting in web browsers. It is NOT related to Java. Use this tag for questions regarding ECMAScript and its dialects/ implementations: JavaScript, JScript, etc., excluding ActionScript.

I noticed that there are over two thousand questions tagged node.js. Perhaps the description could be a little more general, especially since JavaScript is now relatively commonly used in other scripting environments, such as:

  • Gnome 3
  • v8- node.js
  • rhino (used in Gnome 3)

The full description (tag wiki) mentions Rhino, but the excerpt only mentions web browsers.

Would it make sense to remove the used primarily for scripting in web browsers part and put something more general there like used as a general purpose scripting language, especially in modern web browsers?

I think mentioning that it is an interpreted language could also be useful.

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You should be able to edit the tag description yourself (or at least suggest an edit) by clicking the improve description link on the tag info page

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Yeah, I saw that, but it will have to go to an edit pool. Should I ask questions like this on meta or should I just go ahead and edit? – tjameson Jul 11 '11 at 3:26
@tjameson Just edit, that's the whole reason that feature exists – Michael Mrozek Jul 11 '11 at 3:26
Alright cool, I'll do that. – tjameson Jul 11 '11 at 3:27

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