Hello, I have seen Tag description but I would like to bring new action to the topic as well as clarify some points of how it could work..

First of all, there are a lot of cryptic and ambiguous tags out there. For instance the r tag and the one here always-friday-in-iceland (which I have no idea about). Some of these may be difficult to google about but I propose a way so that high reputation users can contribute descriptions to tags that regular users will enjoy. (and prevent mis-tagging and questions here about what a certain tag is for)

I say high-rep (either access to mod-tools or able to edit posts) users should be able to click on a tag and it bring up a page for the tag. They can then click on a link like "provide description" or something like that to contribute a description. They can also vote on other contributed descriptions. I don't think reputation should be given for these votes. The one with the highest amount of votes gets displayed to all users. (possibly with a small link for "see other descriptions" on the tag page)

This of course will be subject to moderation to avoid inappropriate descriptions, but I believe this should be a good way of describing tags and giving relevant Wikipedia pages and/or official product pages

How does this sound to you guys? I'm sure it would require more than some trivial line of code for stack-exchange, but I think it'd be worth it so that we don't have confused users wondering what tags like code-golf mean.

Also, as an aside: This would be great at like the 5000 or 7000 rep mark as a stepping stone before the 10k mark :)

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I think we can have the tag description show on the tag stats page, like so:

alt text http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/7323/tagdescription.png

  • Yes, thats what I was intending, I mean that for if you want to contribute a new description you would click on some link.. sorry if my wording is a bit confusing.
    – Earlz
    Mar 4, 2010 at 18:24
  • @earlz, ok, I see, I'll edit my answer. Mar 4, 2010 at 18:27
  • @edit: Yes, that mockup picture is exactly what I'm intending for regular users to see.
    – Earlz
    Mar 4, 2010 at 18:28

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