Providing tag wiki excerpts is helpful to the community. As explained here:
The tag excerpt is the first, and sometimes only information about a tag that users see when tagging a question. If users can use them appropriately when they're composing their questions, then that saves time for everyone in the long run, as we won't need to edit those questions.
Also, later down the track, it'll save a lot of time as gold tag-badge holders can single-handedly close questions originally tagged with their gold tag badge. This doesn't work if people are using the wrong tags.
However we should try to maintain some consistency within our tag schema. This answer provides excellent guidance (as does the applicable help page):
- A good tag excerpt is as short as possible.
- Preferably don't prefix excerpts with variants of “For questions relating to ….” That's just noise.
I propose that we follow these standards. Clarifications and amendments (if any) should be posted as answers here.
Convention for Jurisdiction Tags
See new proposed convention below.
In general, jurisdiction tags do not need definitions. E.g., it's safe to assume that everyone knows that canada is a country. If you think it would be useful to put a bunch of legal and regulatory details in its wiki that's fine. At that point you have to put a 20-character excerpt in order to save the wiki content. However the excerpt should be trivial and minimal – "For questions specific to Canada" is adequate. Again, the goal is to minimize noise in the excerpt.
Examples of jurisdictions where an excerpt is needed and appropriate: