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.

(x6 threads)

This thread is to ask for support about how to use the above tags correctly.

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    $\begingroup$ 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). $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 3, 2013 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ @gung. I usually remove greetings and signatures, but feel uncomfortable to not add a simple "thanks". However, you are right. I appreciate the hint. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 3, 2013 at 15:17
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 3, 2013 at 15:25

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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

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    $\begingroup$ +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]. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 21:16
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    $\begingroup$ Point 2 should be ok now. $\endgroup$
    – chl
    Commented Jan 19, 2014 at 20:14

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