Many users on the main site, Stack Overflow, got great help by asking questions and receiving quality answers. In time, with increasing reputation, many of this many people develop their style in asking and answering.
Again, some of these people wish to do more, so they start to comment for new-comers and handle review questions. Users with higher reputation can access moderator tools.
So for those people who review, moderate and comment; meta is both a great and an important place. Since this is such a dynamic community, things got argued about and functionality got changed, or stayed the same for some more time. People who review and moderate (probably) check meta often. There are questions and answers about site moderation for making this a better place.
As I said, reviewers and editors and moderators visit here often. But for sure, there are times when these people can not login for a few days or weeks. Or new users do not know much about what have spoken before about edits, reviews and moderation.
My question is about that: Is there an easier way to keep track of these topics? Of course, there are lots of topics which are worth a gaze for its content. But I am talking about ones that affect the community itself. Like posts that causes something to change. Or a big argument about edits and some radical decisions about future edits.
Following are some examples about these topics:
- Improving “demonstrate a minimal understanding” close reason
- Should Stack Overflow be awarding “A”s for Effort?
- Should 'Hi', 'thanks,' taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?
These are examples that come to my mind as examples, but of course there are some more of these out there somewhere.
I did not see a general similarity that will help me to categorize them easily and recognize them with a glance. There isn't any common and separative tag that all of them had or they are not all community wiki.
Is there an easy way to separate them and reach them?
What I have in mind is a special tag with:
- A different background color like the shiny brown backgrounded tags, but with a different background color.
- Tag will only be added or removed by moderators (guys with a ♦ sign in their profile names). So these posts can be flagged by them.
- Maybe a separate section where we can track them. Maybe a section in the help menu or a new tab under questions tab with the same color of the related tag.
So we can keep track of such arguments or changes about the community moderation and behaviour. Also, new users can find and reach them more easily.
Update: As @Troyen mentioned in this comment. Let me explain it with an example.
If we consider this great answer of @jmac on Improving “demonstrate a minimal understanding” close reason, it clearly defines each closure reason. In fact, it is greater that the FAQ: Why are some questions marked "on hold". It defines each reason clearly. Reading that answer (in my whole opinion) will affect reviews! Instead of "Your question do not fits, make it better" type answers, maybe better comments will be written, like what is missing to make that question a better one. Or that answer will link, explaining what is missing in his question and how his question looks like to other users.
From that point of view, we can consider what @RobertHarvey said:
However, can I humbly make the assertion that casual users of Stack Exchange sites should never have to visit Meta?
In my opinion; Yes! If such answers just stay on meta (except featured tag) and only meta users will know them (if they visit meta in time to see the question and those great answers).
Then just a tag is not enough maybe. Meta users should reach them easily, but the main site users are also to be aware of them as well. They read them or not, I can not say anything about that. But they should know that they exist, those are like gems under the iceberg for them.