# Tags on meta.CV about “questions”

Cross Validated Meta has four related tags and I am trying to understand them. I believe they are different (at least some of them) but not sure how. Tag excerpts do not exist for these yet.

(x2)
(x2)
(x6)

• Just FYI: SE convention is not to include things like 'thanks', 'hope that helps', signature, etc. (although we still do it from time to time). – gung - Reinstate Monica Sep 3 '13 at 14:20
• @gung. I usually remove greetings and signatures, but feel uncomfortable to not add a simple "thanks". However, you are right. I appreciate the hint. – Andre Silva Sep 3 '13 at 15:17
• I recognize the sentiment. I also feel obliged to add "thanks" when I ask a question here or on SO (the long reach of my Mother, no doubt). Really, it's nice that people have that instinct. Nonetheless SE discourages it: The idea is that the immediate Q & A interaction is just a vehicle for the true purpose of generating permanent, high-quality, factual information for future use by others. – gung - Reinstate Monica Sep 3 '13 at 15:25

Some time has passed and it was possible to observe how the above cited tags evolved.

After a more carefully reading I came up with this proposal:

1. The CV tag (x8, +2) seems to label threads similarly to the main Stack Exchange site. Here it is their tag excerpt:

For questions regarding the nature of a "question" on StackExchange sites; e.g. how to ask, whether specific questions are appropriate, etc.

We could also import/adapt the current detailed tag wiki from it.

2. Both tags (x2, +0) and (x2, +0) did not evolve and at least 3 of them would be just ok tagged as "questions".

3. The (x6, +0) tag labels threads discussing about Cross Validated launching features such as: logo, promotion, moderators, faq, etc.

They have in common to be originated during the private-beta (pre-launching) phase. Here I propose a complement to give emphasis on that (either on tag name or tag excerpt).

Proposal Summary

1. "questions" - import tag excerpt from the main SE Meta site.
2. "asking-questions" and "specific-question" - make synonyms of "questions".
3. "essential-questions" - create excerpt with something similar to:

questions involving Cross Validated SE preparation for the public phase

• +1, these are good suggestions. I might add that we could put something like "this tag is now defunct; please do not use it" at the end of your excerpt for [essential-questions]. – gung - Reinstate Monica Jan 15 '14 at 21:16
• Point 2 should be ok now. – chl Jan 19 '14 at 20:14