I've just created a new tag on SO so I tried to create a tag wiki for it. Since I'm not an expert on the topic I wrote an excerpt only, but when I tried to submit it I got the 'oops' cat error page.

I don't have enough rep / votes on the tag to really edit it so my submission was a proposed edit only. I tried this for an existing tag too, and it also crashed. I then tried filling in a tag wiki body too - in this case just a link to Wikipedia - and it saved correctly.

Repro steps:

  • pick a tag with no existing wiki
  • edit tag info
  • write an excerpt only + submit - crash
  • go back (you may need to reload the page: the save button didn't re-enable) and write a body for the wiki as well as the excerpt + submit - saves OK

I'm not clear whether this depends on whether you have permission to edit the wiki for the specific tag - there aren't any tags I do have enough votes to edit regardless, nor do I have enough total rep to edit everywhere.

  • Possibly related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/80031/…
    – user102937
    Commented Feb 21, 2011 at 20:41
  • Not exactly a crash, more like a thrown exception.
    – user102937
    Commented Feb 21, 2011 at 20:43
  • @Robert yes, true - "site error" fits better
    – Rup
    Commented Feb 21, 2011 at 23:03

1 Answer 1


Completed with a few strings attached:

  1. We now require that Tag Excerpt Wikis are 20 chars or longer
  2. We now require that Tag Wikis are either empty or 30 chars or longer

As a side effect this issue is fixed


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