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The About meta-tagging qn tried to help us reach a policy on meta-tags. I'm not convinced by Jeff's argument, but I'm relaxed about losing most of them, with the single exception of the [big-list] tag.

An example: on the Showcase of beautiful typography done in LaTeX question, Robert Cartaino commented:

When you are asking users to contribute to a list of answers, the question should be marked community wiki. I have converted this question.

Such questions have a special status, as experienced SO and MO users will know. It is good and not harmful to tag these questions [big-list], as is common practice on MO but not SO, because:

  1. It helps beginners understand what is expected of questions if we have this tag;
  2. In case there is resistance to CW-ifying such a question, it helps to be able to point at the questions covered by the [big-list] tag;
  3. It is not (unlike the examples Jeff gave) subjective in its application, rather its application is crystal clear;
  4. I often find it useful on MO in searching to restrict searches so that they either include the tag or exclude it, and I expect other MO users find this useful too.

I propose that we explictly encourage applying [big-list] to this sort of question in our FAQ, even if our FAQ ends up discouraging all other meta-tags.

  • I was undecided but I agree with your rationale here (and the votes show a number of people already agree too). Could you add this to the question with our set of tags. – Juan A. Navarro Aug 12 '10 at 12:18
  • @Juan: Edited. Is that what you meant? – Charles Stewart Aug 12 '10 at 13:07
  • Perhaps I'm old-fashioned, but I think these questions belong in the FAQ proper (www.tex.ac.uk/faq). – Joseph Wright Aug 12 '10 at 17:28

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