I have seen quite a few tag wiki excerpts in the edit queue that start with "Questions related to".

Do we really need this sentence? Isn't it redundant? It describes a tag of a question, isn't it obvious that it describes what the questions are about?

  • It's a bit of a personal preference thing; I've seen some people argue that it should be there, and some that it shouldn't. Personally, I don't like it, but I'm not going to reject (or improve) edits just for it.
    – user11249
    Jun 23, 2017 at 14:30
  • @Carpetsmoker I'll check again next time, but I am not sure you can "improve edit" when a tag wiki (excerpt) is being edited. And I agree with you, I am not rejecting edits based on this, but having a consensus can guide future edits.
    – Federico
    Jun 23, 2017 at 16:52
  • You need 4k reputation to select "improve edit" (tag wiki editing privileges).
    – user11249
    Jun 23, 2017 at 16:53

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No, they don't.

and some already don't such as for example.

Theresa May is the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Use this tag with the [united-kingdom] tag

I'm pretty sure nearly all of those were my suggested edits, I just used other excerpts as an example and it just became a routine from there. But it's pretty much personal preference as @Carpetsmoker mentioned.

I wouldn't edit it just to take that away though because you feel it's redundant, you'll run the risk of being rejected. It doesn't take anything away from the excerpt itself, nor' does it add anything. But if in the future you're suggesting tag excerpts by all means, don't add it in.

  • I got prompted by your suggestions, yes, but it is not limited to you, as you say you took it from an already existing one, and is something I noticed a while ago.
    – Federico
    Jun 23, 2017 at 16:51
  • There were plenty of tags that don't have it also (before I added excerpts to a loads of tags), there's no need for it being in place though. Jun 23, 2017 at 16:53

The main argument in favor of it is that people who are unfamiliar with stack exchange may not understand what tags are. The tag wiki excerpt is intended to guide people in using tags, but a common approach from outside is to make them into dictionary style definitions. Formulations like "Questions related to" push people back to describing the questions rather than the tag's subject.

This doesn't matter as much on a site like Stack Overflow, where most of the tags are already filled and where tag editing approval is a high privilege activity. But on a beta site, it's much easier to find empty excerpts and to get the privileges to edit and approve them.

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