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I feel very comfortable editing questions and answers to improve their content. I've been doing that for a while and after asking questions on Meta Stack Overflow and reviewing others' edits, I feel I understand what makes a good question/answer edit and what does not. I am less comfortable in creating and editing tag wikis. On one Area 51 site beta I am participating in, there are hardly any tag wikis, and when I tried to create one, I did a very poor job and my edit was (rightfully so) rejected.

I think seeing some examples of great tag wikis would really help me. What are some examples of really well done tag wikis, across the entire network? I'd really like to see them for a variety of topics, not just Stack Overflow.

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  • To clarify are you asking about great examples of full tag wikis or excepts?
    – Ben Brocka
    Jan 28 '12 at 21:35
  • @BenBrocka Asking for examples of full, complete tag wikis, since CogSci has none. Jan 28 '12 at 21:47
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    +1, and this would be good to include in the faq.
    – user1228
    Jan 30 '12 at 17:05
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What are some examples of really well done tag Wikis?

The Scala one. My goodness. If every wiki looked like that....

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    "viewed 323 times". I'm not even sure what the point is Jan 28 '12 at 18:07
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    @Michael true, but who cares? It's a great tag wiki nevertheless... IIRC though, it wasn't written specially for the tag wiki, it's an excerpt from some other Scala resource.
    – Pekka
    Jan 28 '12 at 18:32
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    @MichaelMrozek We've only been recording views on tag wikis for ~1.5 weeks.
    – balpha
    Jan 28 '12 at 21:43
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    Thank you Pekka! This is a great example, and shows me a lot about what should be done. I love how they list frequently asked questions. I really should be paying more attention to tag wikis! Jan 28 '12 at 21:53
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I think it's important that a tag wiki not only covers:

  • What the tag is about
  • What the tag is not about

But also:

  • How to use the tag appropriately (e.g. more specific tags if needed)
  • What similar tags or alternative exist on the site

Here's a list of some that I think are good representation of the above. Although I wouldn't mind others improving on what we already have.

Super User:

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  • As always, it'd be nice for others to edit in their favorites.
    – slhck
    Jan 28 '12 at 17:35
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    Mmmm, those Super User tag Wikis are great in their own right, but I think there can be more to a tag wiki than that: Frequently asked questions in that tag; where to learn basics; frequently occurring problems; etc. I saw a really great one (IMO) a few days back, I'll try to find it again
    – Pekka
    Jan 28 '12 at 17:52
  • @Pekka'sOrganicRepFarm You're right. Although – relatively speaking – I haven't really seen this done often, at least on SU. The good old problem with empty tag wikis.
    – slhck
    Jan 28 '12 at 18:02
  • @Pekka, slhck: What do you think of ssh, debian, shell? Feb 23 '12 at 22:22
  • @Gilles Excellent, I guess we have to learn a bit on SU.
    – slhck
    Feb 24 '12 at 0:18

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