One of the things Stack Exchange has discovered is that meta tags are a bad idea—enough so that when Jeff Atwood wrote a blog post about them, he titled it The Death of Meta Tags.
In short: they're useless, because:
- no one ever browses by or searches for them
- they don't tell you anything about the question itself.
I was recently looking through the site, and I saw several questions tagged community-wiki. I'm pretty experienced with SE sites, and I could not tell what this tag was supposed to mean.
- Did it mean that these were now community-wiki questions?
No, because none of them were.
- Did it mean that someone wanted these questions made community-wiki?
No, because the way to do that is flag them and ask, and no one had.
- Would it be useful for searching for community-wiki questions?
No, because the way to do that is by searching on
To get to the point: this tag told me nothing about the questions, and wouldn't be useful for browsers/searchers in the future. That made it a meta tag, and meta tags have to go.
I've removed the tag from those questions.
If you have any questions about meta tags in general, I highly recommend the blog post I linked at the beginning of this question.
If you have any questions about community wikis, or the process by which questions become community wiki, I recommend:
- reading What are Community Wiki posts? on this site
- reading What are "Community Wiki" posts? on Meta Stack Overflow
If the above two pages aren't sufficient, then please ask here; either on this post or on a new question you create.
Thanks for your cooperation with this!